Epilepsy in Dogs
Cost of Treatment: $205 to $15,025, depending on severity and required treatment
What it is: Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes repeated seizures over a period of time. The condition can be caused by genetic abnormalities or unknown reasons. If left untreated, seizures can become more frequent and severe.
- Behavior prior to seizures include appearing dazed, frightened, seeking attention or hiding
- Seizures lasting 30 to 90 seconds
- Behavior after seizures include disorientation, confusion, aimless wandering, increased appetite and thirst
Treatment: If a brain tumor is to blame, surgery may be required. Other treatments options can include nerve stimulation, seizure-reducing medications and a special diet. The cost of treatment varies based on the severity of the disorder, with surgery to remove tumors weighing in at around $5,000 to $15,025.
As long as your dog shows no signs of epilepsy before enrolling in an insurance plan, many pet health insurance policies cover the cost of treatment for epilepsy.
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