This is a Brain and Spinal Cord condition.

Juvenile Epilepsy

What is Juvenile Epilepsy?

This is a spontaneous form of epilepsy (a seizure disorder) that occurs in young dogs and resolves on its own.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs can begin experiencing seizures of varying frequency, duration, and severity, ranging from simple focal seizures where the dog is tremoring but still able to walk, eat, and respond to stimulus to complete immobilization and loss of consciousness. Puppies appear normal between episodes, though those with severe seizures can display an abnormal, uncoordinated gait after an episode.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs develop in puppies.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Unless a genetic basis is suspected due to the age, breed, or history of the dog, diagnostics must be performed to rule out infectious, inflammatory, or neoplastic causes.

How is this condition treated?

Treatment for BFJE is usually supportive; dogs typically grow out of the disease and suffer no ill effects later in life.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Genetic testing can save your puppy from undergoing many tests to determine the cause of the seizures.
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