Seizures, or epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well., This condition when unexplained neurologic activity results in motor stimulation giving abnormal muscle activity can be very localized and only be observed as a slight twitch or focal tremor of one area. Or this can be a full “grand mal” which involves full muscle contractions known as paddling, accompanied by vomiting, defecation, urination, and sometimes chewing. Your pet will often be noted to have a period of time before a seizure (pre-ictal or prodromal phase)when they are very clingy as if trying to get your attention or very distant and trying to hide in a quiet place. The seizure can be mild and only last a few seconds to a minute or be more significant and last many minutes. Rarely, a pet can go into a seizure, or series or “cluster” of seizures that only anesthesia can calm. After a seizure, (post-ictal or postdromal phase) your pet may appear disoriented, possibly not recognize you, may appear temporarily blind, and be unstable for some period of time during “recovery”. Read More….
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells creating masses or “tumors”. Any type of cell in the body can become cancerous or a “tumor”. Once these cells grow out of control, they take over areas previously occupied by normal cells. This process continues until there is not enough normal tissue remaining to sustain normal bodily functions or this extra tissue secretes high levels of the products normally produced by those cells disturbing metabolic balance. These tumor cells can break off and travel to other areas of the body, thereby becoming metastatic. Wherever these cells lodge they can start new tumors. There are a number of factors that influence how fast a cancer may grow or spread: type of cancer cell, location, genetics, as well as any concurrent illness or debilitating condition the patient may have. Read More….