Pug Seizures

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Pug looking for trouble.

Pugs, also known as Chinese Pugs, are very popular, flat-faced, curly-tailed dogs. According to "The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms," they are prone to health problems, including seizure disorders.

  1. Types

    • The types of seizure disorders Pugs get include epilepsy and encephalitis (often called water on the brain). Pugs are prone to their own type of encephalitis called Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), according to veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick.

    Cause

    • PDE causes brain inflammation and is thought to be hereditary. It is unknown why dogs get canine epilepsy, but genes are thought to play a part, according to the Canine Epilepsy Network.

    Prognosis

    • PDE is always lethal, according to Dr. Plotnick; however, Pugs can live for years with epilepsy, depending on how severe it is.

    Warning

    • Call a vet immediately if any Pug seizure lasts over 30 minutes. If this happens, the Pug is at risk of permanent brain damage or death, according to the Canine Epilepsy Network.

    Misconception

    • Because of their flat faces, Pugs can "reverse sneeze," which may be mistaken for a mild seizure. This sounds like a honking or deep inhalation while the pug shakes its head as if sneezing.

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