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Epilepsy in Dogs

Epilepsy in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $205 to $15,025, depending on the 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.

Symptoms of Epilepsy in Dogs

  • 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

Epilepsy Treatment in Dogs

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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    Mitra M 10/30/2016 at 9:56 am

    The first time Jessie had a seizure, I almost had one too. Both of us were so frightened. Our vet was amazing and explained all the possibilities and treatment choices to me. In the end, we decided on medication and have kept the seizures to a minimum.

    My heart goes out to any furry friend who has to have major surgery.

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