What causes canine seizures?

April 20, 2023 | Logan Simmons
It’s something you don’t hope to see.  The activity

It’s something you don’t hope to see.  The activity between your dog’s brain cells becomes abnormal, and you see your dog loose consciousness, begin to shake and then urinate or defecate involuntarily.  You wonder what caused this and if anything can prevent it from happening in the future.

The causes of seizures can vary but they boil down to two basic types: intracranial (problem inside the brain) and extracranial (problem outside the brain).  Intracranial seizures can be caused from brain infections like rabies or some fungi.  Additionally, tumors or head trauma could also be at play.  However, you might be surprised at the causes of extracranial seizures.

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is one of the most common causes of seizures in dogs.  High potassium (hyperkalemia) can also be a cause and stem from conditions like kidney failure.  Other conditions like hypoxemia and a liver shunt can also be in play.

Regardless of the reason, it’s important that you seek your vet’s assistance when a seizure occurs.  They’ll begin the appropriate testing to narrow down the cause.  However, some of the extracranial causes, like hypoglycemia, can be mitigated with diet.  At PURELUXE Pet Food, we don’t add any extra fillers or sugars.  We also make sure to avoid low quality grains and use fresh meat as our #1 ingredient.  See all of our formulas at pureluxepetfood.com.