Beagle Seizure Causes and Symptoms: The Facts That You Should Be Aware Of




Whenever I hear a case of beagle seizure the case of Barney comes to my mind. He was one true playmate and very protective about our children – Barney was their very ‘own’ dog! It was when he was just about a year old when he had his first seizure…something not very usual! We were a bit unprepared and it took us about 15 minutes to grasp that he was actually having a seizure! So any beagle or owner should get familiar with Beagle Seizure Causes and Symptoms seems because you never know when such a problem can arise!

 What Can Lead To Beagle Seizure?

To start with, you should know that a dog can have seizure for many reasons. You must also keep it in mind that just because he/she has seizure, it does not necessarily mean that he/she has epilepsy. To know what is exactly wrong with your pet, you should always consult a veterinarian. Nevertheless, in this article, I have discussed the conditions which may lead to seizure in dogs. You may find them helpful.

Epilepsy

A certain study that surveyed 68 beagles that died of the brain lesion linked with seizures showed that 48.5% of the dogs had a pattern of acute brain damage. In dogs, however, epilepsy is often found to be an inherited condition. You should also know that in general, there are three kinds of epilepsy:

  • Reactive: It can occur owing to metabolic issues, such as kidney/ liver malfunction and low blood pressure.
  • Secondary: It can be caused by conditions such as stroke, brain tumor and other traumatic conditions.
  • Primary: Unfortunately, the real cause of its occurrence is not yet known.

However, I will give you some tips on getting the healthiest of Beagles. If you plan to have this breed of dog, then look for a kennel that raises Beagles for family pets as well as for rabbit hunting. The logic behind the fact is simple! Since a dog bred with hunting traits are supposed to be extremely hardy to endure any amount of physical exertion, the breeders choose the bloodlines, which are free of any genetic faults including bad conformations or inborn medical problems.  I would also like to give you another suggestion. If your dog is found to have epilepsy, then it should not be used for professional breeding because the chance of passing the genes cannot be overlooked.

Hypoxia or Hypoxemia

It refers to a condition of low level of oxygen in blood, which leads to decrease in the capacity of the RBC to carry oxygen. Hence, it can fail to supply enough oxygen to the brain and thus it can lead to seizure in dogs.

Lead poisoning

 Poisoning with a number of substances can lead to a sudden attack of seizures in dogs. Nevertheless, when a dog is exposed to lead for a long time, lead poisoning or plumbism can take place. It can lead to long term complications. As a matter of fact, in certain geographical locations, lead poisoning is taken to be a very significant cause for seizure in dogs.

Tick-borne diseases

Certain tick-borne diseases can also lead to brain inflammation, which is otherwise known as encephalitis. Such disorders can also lead to meningitis, which is, as you know, inflammation of the sheath that covers the spinal cord, as well as the brain. Perhaps, it too can lead to seizure in your dog.


Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever


Lyme disease in dogs can be a grave medical condition. It can pass on to animals by a beer tick’s bite. If your dog gets infected by it, he can suffer from a number of indications. If it is not treated properly, the symptoms can lead to seizures.

On the other hand, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a type of rickettsial disease which can be caused by Rickettsia ¬rickettsii. The fever can be transmitted by a numerous species of ticks. The disease has been named after the place where it was discovered for the first time. Mature ticks pass on the disease to dogs when they feed and attach to them.

Infections

Many infectious diseases, including canine distemper virus infection or CDV, rabies as well as certain rickettsial, fungal, bacterial, viral or protozoal infections can also lead to seizures in dogs.

Head injury  

Has your dog suffered an accident or a severe head injury lately? Then it can give way to seizure. However, even after the accident, your dog may not have seizures immediately. He may start suffering from seizures many months after the event took place. You can also check out if your dog has a brain tumor. In too can lead to seizures. While some of the tumors can be benign, the others can unfortunately be malignant.

Toxins

In case your Beagle has no history of seizures, and even then, he has been recently diagnosed with the disorder, then there is a probability that he has ingested some toxic material.  Perhaps, he had come in contact with pesticide, or a trash can or any chemicals that can trigger seizures. Also, some particular indoor plants can also induce the condition. It can also occur for consumption of certain foodstuffs, especially chocolate.

Lissencephaly

To put it simply, it is a brain deformity which is manifested by a smooth brain. Lissencephaly is a rare, but an innate disorder that can lead to seizure to dogs. If you feel that the pup you have has an irritable disposition, or find him hard to train, they there is a possibility that he has this disorder. The indications of the disease get prominent within the initial years of a dog’s life.

Other Probable Causes Of Seizure In Beagles

Of course, apart from the above mentioned points, innumerable causes can lead to Seizure in any dog. To make things as short and simple as possible, I have put them in nutshell for. Just have a glance at them and see if your beagle has been suffering from any one of them.

  • In case your pet has a genetic tendency to seizures, even a simple vaccination can trigger the symptoms of seizure in him.
  • Though it is not very common with dogs, but hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid can lead to seizure in your pet.
  • Low blood calcium level or hypocalcaemia.
  • Malfunction of kidney.
  • Certain congenital diseases, like hydrocephalus can lead to seizure in dogs.
  • Thiamin deficiency.
  • Another probable cause of seizures in dogs is “heat exhaustion”, which is otherwise known as hyperthermia.


Symptoms Of Seizure In Beagles

It should be however, kept in mind that seizure in dogs seems to be transient in nature, and they can start at any time and it can even stop abruptly. Generally, seizures begin with a phase of altered behavior. Typically, it is called “aura”. During this period, you observe the following indications.

  •  The dog may show an agitated disposition.
  • He can have a “far away” look in his eyes.
  • Your dog may be a bit more nervous and restless.
  • He may seclude himself from the things that otherwise interested him.
  • On the contrary, he can show an unusual clinginess or demand more attention from his master.
  • Excessive vocalization.
  • Confusion.
  • Actually, “seizure” can last for a minute or two. It can be marked by the following symptoms.
  • Weariness.
  • Recurrent trembling.
  • He can throw up frequently.
  • Foam at the mouth.
  • Momentary blindness.
  • Insufficient urination.
  • Losing consciousness very frequently.
  • Twitching of facial muscles.
  • Overall muscle cramp.
  • Even when lying down, it can paddle his legs or jerk them as if it is running.
  • Clamping of teeth.
  • Excessive drooling.

Soon after suffering a seizure, your dog can get back to normalcy. However, he can still have the spells of confusion, blindness and post-seizure convulsions. It can last for an hour, or it can even continue for many days. Moreover, your pet can also have localized seizure, or focal seizure. In this case, only a limited part of his body will be affected.

Now that you have known quite a deal about the Beagle Seizure Causes and Symptoms, living with a pet with seizure will not be as challenging as it seemed to you before. Remember, just as most problems has a solution, and so does this. The condition can be treated, or ideally, prevented in a number of ways. Just be patient with your little friend, and provide him the support that he needs, and you can both brave the seizure bouts together!

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