It’s never easy seeing your dog fall to the ground and shake uncontrollably. It’s not easy seeing it happen after the 50th time, and it’s certainly not easy the first time when you’re not even expecting it. For many dogs, epilepsy starts when they’re young — within the first year. And it can occur anywhere, inside, in the yard, in their dog house.
This form of epilepsy is known as Idiopathic epilepsy, and not only is it the most common forms, it occurs in certain breeds dramatically more than others. Australian Shepherds, Beagles, Border Collies, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds, both Golden and Labrador Retrievers, and Poodles are just a few of the breeds where veterinarians often see higher occurrences of seizures.
While Idiopathic epilepsy is the most likely culprit of seizures in dogs, it’s not the only reason your dog may have them.
Cancer and/or physical injuries that cause brain damage are also common culprits when it comes to seizures. Even when all other side effects that occured due to the brain damage are no longer present seizures can still happen.