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Epilepsy as an Adult - Is it Developmental?

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    October 31, 2017 6:50 AM EDT

    Question submitted by the audience in our recent webinar: What’s Feeding Those Seizures? An Update On Refractory Canine Epilepsy And The Potential Link to Gastrointestinal Health:

    How can a dog be normal the first three years of life and then acquire epilepsy? What in their developmental growth may cause such a change to happen? 

     

    Answer by: Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    The onset of idiopathic epilepsy in dogs is typically between 6 months and 6 years of age. A dog affected with idiopathic epilepsy is born with the genetic makeup that makes it predisposed to seizures, but it is not understood what triggers the onset of seizures several years after birth.