Nervous System Disorders In Dogs

Let's talk about nervous system disorder in dogs. Does your dog seem overly tired or weak? Are you afraid that there is something wrong with your furry friend? Your dog could possibly have a nervous system disorder. This article will discuss the disorder Narcolepsy and Cataplexy.

You've probably heard of narcolepsy in humans and dogs can get it too. It's when a dog has a lack of energy, is tired during the day and may even sometimes lose consciousness. These things occur in episodes. They don't typically last long and they simply go away by themselves. Cataplexy is another nervous system disorder that can affect both humans and their dogs. It is muscle paralysis. The dog is still conscious and alert, but cannot move until the episode ends, these episodes are brief just like with narcolepsy.

Many dog owners don't realize that these disorders aren't rare. A dog can seem completely healthy physically and mentally. The episodes that occur with these conditions typically happy when a dog is excited such as playing or eating. They can last anywhere between a few seconds to about half an hour.

These disorders aren't fatal, but if your dog has them you should keep an eye on them to make sure they are out of harm's way when an episode does occur. You can help to end an episode by petting the dog or if there are loud noises.

Narcolepsy and cataplexy can by caused by nerve disorders and they can also be hereditary especially in breeds such as poodles, dachshunds, and Labrador retrievers. If you believe that your dog has one of these disorder you should take them to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and may run blood, urine and some other tests in order to get a proper diagnosis.

Your veterinarian can give your dog a prescription if they do have one of these nervous system disorders. Sometimes figuring out a pattern of when the episodes occur can simply help you reduce them. Discuss the different treatment options with your veterinarian.


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