Guest Post: Seizure Behavior in Dogs

Ah, one of my oops moments. This was scheduled to post last month, and sat waiting waiting waiting - until I realized today it hadn't posted. So sorry Dr Williams :( But it was too good not to post, so here it is, a few weeks late.

Continuing our theme of behavioral issues this month, our guest blogger today, Dr. Philip Williams, talks about the behavioral changes you might see your dog go through if he or she develops seizures. Dr. Williams owns and runs his practice, Companion Animal Hospital, based in Solon, OH.


Seizures in dogs in cats are one of the most prevalent problems seen by the veterinarian. A seizure in the dog and cat are characterized by a sudden onset of abnormal behavior in movement, accompanied by unusual whimpering or crying. Often there is a loss of consciousness, a sudden falling over, with head, neck and limbs becoming ridged; transitioning to a shuddering, shaking, or paddling motion of the legs; gum ball chewing motion of the jaws; eyes rolled up in the head. These spontaneous behaviors can last up to several minutes; if they persist up to thirty minutes, it can be life threatening. When the pet recovers from a seizure, they’ll often be apparently confused for up to two hours.

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Guest Post: Rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament

Our new guest blogger, Dr. Philip Williams, gives us a clear picture of what a cranial cruciate ligament rupture looks like in a dog. Dr. Williams has his own practice, Companion Animal Hospital, based in Solon, OH.


One of the more common causes of lameness affecting the rear legs in dogs is the partial or complete tear of the cranial cruciate ligament. The cranial cruciate ligament is a dense fibrous band of tissue located in the knee, which is necessary to maintain stability and hence, normal function of the knee. This ligament can tear due to trauma (in people, this is a common football injury), and it may also rupture secondary to degeneration associated with aging.

This injury can occur in any breed and age of dog, but is most commonly seen in active, large breed dogs. It is an uncommon injury in cats, although if seen in cats, they are often overweight.

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