Cataplexy and Narcoplexy in Dogs

Let's discuss about cataplexy and narcolepsy in dogs. If your dog has ever collapsed you have probably been very frightened. It could be something very serious or it could be a disorder called cataplexy. This article will discuss what cataplexy is as well as a similar disorder that occurs in dogs.

Cataplexy is actually fairly common in dogs, it is a nervous system disorder in which dogs have episodes of paralysis. A dog with this disorder is unable to move during an episode, however they do remain alert with their eyes open.

This condition itself isn't fatal and usually isn't related to other health issues. A dog may just appear to collapse or may almost appear dead. However, they are conscious and the episode will end on its own after a brief amount of time. The episodes don't last very long and there isn't really a way for you to know when they will happen.

A similar disorder that occurs in dogs is narcolepsy which also affects the nervous system. Narcolepsy is also characterized by brief and spontaneous episodes. However, this disorder is when a dog falls asleep or looses consciousness. Dogs with narcolepsy can randomly fall asleep and just fall over. Their eyes aren't open and they aren't alert like with cataplexy. These episodes often happen when a dog is excited. Other signs that a dog may have narcolepsy include a lack of energy, and excessive sleepiness during the day.

Neither of these conditions on their own should cause a dog to die. However, you never know what can happen and where your dog may have an episode so it's good to pay close attention to your dog if they have one of these nervous system disorders.

Just to be positive that a dog's episodes are unrelated to anything else, you can take a dog to the veterinarian for a physical exam and tests. A veterinarian can also offer advice on how to deal with a dogs disorder.

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