The Dog with Epilepsy
Diagnosing and treating, but not curing, an all-too-common neurologic disease.
The word “epilepsy” doesn’t get to the underlying problem — the reason for the seizures. If a reason cannot be identified, we call it idiopathic epilepsy. If you can identify it — perhaps it’s a brain tumor or a stroke, an infection in the brain, a metabolic problem, or even head trauma due to an accident — the dog has what is called secondary epilepsy. Treat the cause, and theoretically at least, the epilepsy will be easier to treat.