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Features August 2014 Issue

The Dog with  Epilepsy

No one knew the ordeal this young dog was about to go through.

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.

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