Approach to New Onset Seizures in Senior Dogs and Cats

Seizures are a common clinical sign in many diseases of the brain. In broad terms, the etiology of a seizure falls into three general groups: idiopathic (sometimes referred to as ‘primary epilepsy’), reactive (in response to a metabolic disturbance or toxin), and structural (cause by cerebral pathology). In any patient presenting for recent onset seizure activity, there is one critical question that should be answered during initial evaluation: “Are there any signs of reactive or…

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Canine Epilepsy: Current Ideas and Therapies

Epilepsy is the most common neurologic condition within the domesticated dog. Epilepsy in itself is a complex disease and by this very nature can make one patient easy to treat while the next drug-resistant. Epilepsy itself is defined as the enduring predisposition of having epileptic seizures. An epileptic seizure is defined as a transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. Common clinical signs of epileptic…

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Is Your Pet in Pain? Look for these signs.

September is Pain Awareness Month. Originally started in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association, this annual event raises public awareness of issues around pain and pain management. With this in mind, now is a great time to learn about symptoms of pain in cats and dogs. Cats and dogs experience many types of pain, just like we do. Think about the last time you had the flu, or had a sprain/strain, a broken bone,…

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