Did my dog have a seizure or bad dream?

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Seizures while sleeping are far less common in canines, but they do occur and may appear on the surface to resemble the normal behavior a dog exhibits while dreaming.

During deep, restful (REM) sleep, a dog will exhibit signs of deep breathing.

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The movements associated with dreaming are more gentle and shorter-lasting.

The sleeping dog's body is relaxed, except for the twitching legs, feet and lips.

They are not disoriented or confused when they wake up from a dream.

Dogs frequently bite their tongue, foam at the mouth and drool during a seizure.

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All dogs dream, and some manifest dreaming with twitching, paddling, or kicks of their legs.

These movements are often brief (lasting less than 30 seconds) and intermittent.

Dogs experiencing a seizure cannot be easily woken, while dreaming dogs can.

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There are many causes of seizures.

Idiopathic epilepsy, the most common cause of seizures in the dog, is an inherited disorder, but its exact cause is unknown.

seizures often occur at times of changing brain activity, such as during excitement or feeding, or as the dog is falling asleep or waking up.

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Yes—and if you believe your dog is having a seizure, it's important to note all the details so that you may accurately describe them to your veterinarian.

Generalized seizure: This type of seizure can be grand mal or mild.

Generalized seizures are usually associated with primary epilepsy.

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While relatively common, with up to one in 20 dogs suffering from fits at some point in their lives, seizures can be distressing and cause anxiety for you and your pet.

If your dog is eight years old or younger, epilepsy is the most common cause.

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Fainting—also called syncope—is a sudden, momentary loss of consciousness with spontaneous recovery.

Fainting is common in dogs with heart disease, but can be caused by many other illnesses as well.

In both Fainting and seizure, animals will lose consciousness, collapse on their side, and they may urinate or defecate.

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"Idiopathic epilepsy, the most common cause of seizures in the dog." seizures often occur at times of changing brain activity, such as during excitement or feeding, or as the dog is falling asleep or waking up.

Affected dogs can appear completely normal between seizures.

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