Epilepsy affects around 4 in every hundred dogs. In some breeds it can be passed through the generations and may be more common in particular families. Learn more about epilepsy with this useful fact sheet.

Quick facts about epilepsy


1. Dogs with primary epilepsy are normal animals with lower seizure threshold.


2. The aim of anticonvulsant treatment is not to cure epilepsy but to "control” it.


3. Side-effects of anticonvulsant treatments are occasionally worse than the seizures themselves.


4. Mild side-effects are common when first starting treatment with anticonvulsant drugs.


5. Therapeutic effects and side-effects are related to blood level and not oral dosage of the anticonvulsant drug.


6. Oral anticonvulsant drugs may take a long time to be effective, so seizure control may not be immediate.


7. You must keep accurate record of witnessed or suspected seizures.


8. You must be willing to take your dog to your vet for regular examinations.


9. You should seek immediate veterinary care for any seizure lasting longer than 10 minutes or for clusters of seizures without recovery between.


10. You should not alter your pet's treatment without veterinary advice.


11. Skipping doses or stopping drugs abruptly can precipitate seizures.


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