Why would an older dog start having seizures? Senior dogs are more prone to kidney and liver disease. As either of those organs fail, toxins build up in their blood stream. When these toxins reach the brain, seizures can occur. Also, older dogs are more likely to have diabetes mellitus.
What do you do when your older dog has a seizure?
- Stay calm.
- Remove any objects nearby which could potentially hurt your dog.
- Keep away from the dog’s head and mouth and do not put anything in his mouth.
- Time the seizure if possible.
- Cool your dog down by putting a fan on him or cold water on his paws.
How long can an older dog live with seizures? It is accepted that dogs with epilepsy may have a shorter survival time, estimated between 2.07 and 2.3 years, where poor seizure control and high initial seizure frequency are associated with shorter survival times (Packer et al., 2018).
Do seizures mean my dog is dying? Seizures that result from head trauma, brain tumors, organ malfunction, toxins, and other serious medical problems can potentially lead to death. A dog suffering from a seizure caused by idiopathic epilepsy, which means there is no known underlying cause for the seizure, is at a much lower risk of dying.