Idiopathic epilepsy vary greatly in the severity and the frequency of the seizures; from very few a year, to several a week and from a mild twitch or head nodding to generalised tonic clonic seizures.
Depending on the frequency and severity of the seizures, possible associated conditions and constraint in administering the treatment, our Specialists will be able to discuss with you the best treatment for your pet. Sometimes no medical treatment will be recommended however most dogs with idiopathic epilepsy will be treated with one anti-epileptic drug. In some instances it is necessary to use a combination of drugs to achieve a satisfactory seizure control. In very rare cases more invasive procedures can be performed (surgery, nerve –stimulator).
Epilepsy is a common problem in dogs and cats, and can be very distressing for patients and owners. In some animals an underlying cause of the condition can be identified, such as inflammation of the brain, a malformation or even brain tumours, but in many patients the condition is termed ‘idiopathic’ when no obvious underlying cause can be identified.
With the correct investigations and treatment epilepsy can be treated very successfully and animals can enjoy an excellent quality of life. Willows Specialist-led Neurology team has built a huge wealth of experience and expertise over the years, and are fully supported by a truly multi-disciplinary team in our state-of-the-art hospital.
We are able to optimise success rates in the treatment of canine and feline epilepsy thanks to our; Neurologists’ experience and expertise, state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, true multi-specialty approach with support from Specialists in Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia, and our hospitalisation facilities and intensive care unit which are staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.