Idiopathic Epilepsy in Dalmatians

Many experts have categorized epilepsy as being either idiopathic epilepsy or symptomatic epilepsy. If your Dalmatian has been diagnosed with epilepsy talk with your vet to find out if it’s it is idiopathic or symptomatic. If your vet cannot indentify a cause or contributing factors then your dog most likely has idiopathic epilepsy. This means your dog’s epilepsy is likely inherited and is occurring because of a genetic disorder. Most experts believe there are certain breeds of dogs that have a higher rate of seizures or epileptic activity which gives reason to believe such seizure activity is passed from one dog to another through genetics. Such breeds include Beagles, Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, Dalmatians, Keeshonds, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Irish setters, and Cocker spaniels. These particular breeds are more susceptible to seizures and often have seizures accompanied by abnormal behavior, howling, chomping, chewing, involuntary urination and involuntary defecation. Consult with your best vet Columbia, MD to learn more.


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