Why do chihuahuas have seizures? Here is my experience – It’s known that Chihuahuas are susceptible to these unpleasant situations- here are some things to know
By Queen D
Chihuahuas are no doubt about it, more on the fragile side when it comes to their health. Their adorable but tiny physique can make them more prone to diseases. This can hurt a dog owner to see them go through.
Fortunately, seizures are short occurrences. Any first time your chihuahua has a seizure or is exhibiting symptoms. It is extremely important that you go see a veterinarian.
Considering all that has been going on in 2020, this could be a little difficult. You should still put an effort into your chihuahua to see a vet. whether via a video call or a chat with your doctor.
You should also see a veterinarian if your chihuahua is having lengthy seizures or they become more frequent.
What Caused Seizures in my Chihuahua – Chika?
Like I said before, chihuahuas are fairly delicate animals. Male or female, so, unfortunately, there can be a number of reasons why yours might be experiencing seizures.
It can be hard to pinpoint what is the reason or origin of your chi’s seizures. Chika’s seizures were a mystery to me! I did not know exactly what was causing her seizures.
A survey was conducted by the Chihuahua Club of America. The survey that showed 45% of the participants in the survey had said that their chihuahuas’ seizures had come from unknown sources.
Possible Seizures Causes in my Chihuahua – named Chika
I had to do some research! With some research and the help of my veterinary doctor friend. I was able to narrow down the possible causes of seizures in Chika.
Hereditary Epilepsy – from their parents
You should be aware that there is a chance. A chance that there can be no medical reason for why your chihuahua is having seizures.
Some chihuahua breed lines can have hereditary seizures. Seizures passed on from generation to generation.
In this case, the younger chihuahuas inherit the seizure disorder from their parents. And they will in turn pass it on to their offsprings.
Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar in Chihuahuas
Hypoglycemia is a condition when the blood sugar levels( or glucose) in your chihuahua’s bloodstream is substantially low.
Chihuahua has a small body size which makes them more prone to hypoglycemia.
It is important that you provide them with food. Also, with an adequate amount of carbohydrates since this is where they get most of their glucose.
Missing just a few meals can seriously drop your chihuahua’s blood sugar.
Any tiny breed of dog needs to eat little but frequent meals to keep a healthy glucose level.
Why do Chihuahuas have seizures? – Hypoglycemia
It can be found that hypoglycemia is a result of several health conditions. Such as pancreatic disease, liver disease, and diabetes.
Glucose created for the body is needed for all the brain’s performances. So if your chihuahua has a low blood sugar count.
It can neurologically affect numerous systems in your chihuahua’s body which can cause a lot of things like seizures.
It is important that if you find your chihuahua does have hypoglycemia, that you get them to a veterinarian quickly. Nowadays, a video call with your vet.
The disease can progress and can make things serious rather quickly. So, it’s important once recognized you do everything you can to raise your chihuahua blood sugar.
Why do Chihuahuas have seizures? – Tumors
In humans, seizures are often one of the first signs of a brain tumor. The same applies to dogs with brain tumors too.
Luckily, chihuahua’s tiny sizes don’t put them at a higher risk for brain tumors. However, they can still have horrible effects on your chihuahua.
If your chihuahua exhibits symptoms, then you should take them to the veterinarian quickly.
There, the veterinarian could do a tissue biopsy specifically for the brain tumor.
If your veterinarian suspects more tumors, they can verify. They can verify by using an x-ray machine. They can use that to look at other tumors that could have possibly spread to your chihuahua.
Why do Chihuahuas have seizures?- Other Causes for Seizures
It is possible that your chihuahua doesn’t have any of the conditions I’ve listed above.
Then it is possible your dog could have Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis or GME. GME is an inflammatory disease that comes from unknown origins that affects a dog’s nervous system.
Your chihuahua could also have Hydrocephalus, a condition where there is too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.
The added pressure can cause some seizure activity.
What to do if your Chihuahua gets Seizures
So now your chihuahua has been exhibiting seizures. BUT you don’t exactly know how to treat them after and you are wondering why do chihuahuas have seizures?
Well first, do not fret. It may look like your chihuahua is in under some unbearable pain, but they actually aren’t conscious during a seizure.
You want to be at your best when these things happen. REASON, as they don’t tend to last longer than 5 minutes.
If they do last longer than 5 minutes and happen several times in a span of 24 hours, or seem to happen back to back, call your veterinarian right away.
During the Seizures – What to do?
During the seizures, it is crucial that you try and move your chihuahua. Move your chihuahua away from any staircases or furniture, fireplaces, and water, like an open pool.
Know they are unconscious during a seizure, so you want to avoid them unconsciously hurting themselves.
I remember one thing. Whenever my neighbor found that her chihuahua, Poopy, was presenting weird behaviors. She would snap pictures or record Poopy during them.
This can be helpful to your vet. If you ever find something odd that your chihuahua is doing while undergoing a seizure.
After the Seizures – What to do?
There is a reason why chihuahuas are considered “burrowing” pets. They love to cuddle with their owners under piles and piles of blankets.
This is even more likely to happen after a seizure. You may think you chihuahua is acting mean again, but not really – just not feeling well!
Afterward, it’s important that you make your chihuahua as comfortable as possible.
This could mean different things for different chihuahuas. Like having things such as a lot of pillows and blankets. Also, have some water to drink, and/or just holding your chihuahua. This can comfort them after a seizure.
Usually, after the vet, my neighbor’s chihuahua Poopy would stick to me like glue ( he didn’t really like his owner after a visit to the doc). He would just hang around with me for a few hours.
It’s likely that your chihuahua would be a little disoriented after a seizure. Therefore, refrain from having bright lights and loud noises after.
One of the best things you can give your chihuahua is love and affection. Always make sure to turn up the amount after a seizure!
In Conclusion – Why do Chihuahuas have seizures?
Hopefully, I’ve made it clear why do chihuahuas have seizures? How, and what to do if your chihuahua has seizures.
These lovable, delicate pets, are truly something special. It’s important if your chihuahua does experience seizures, you are well informed about them.
Even during COVID-19, you should make it a priority and contact your local veterinarian if the seizures are just beginning.
Remember though my dog-loving friends, don’t panic until there is a reason to!
The information we have provided here is just for sharing our experiences and for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute professional medical advice. If you need professional medical advice for your chihuahua please consult with your veterinarian.