Neurological and Seizure Disorders in Chihuahuas.
Each Chihuahua is as individual and unique as any one person. Their breed makes them susceptible to genetic anomalies that Chihuahua owners should become familiar with. Neuronal and seizure disorders can be present at birth or may show up later on in life. Knowing the signs and symptoms of these brain diseases can help get Chihuahuas the best care and ability to live a normal life in spite of the disease.
Hydrocephalus In Chihuahuas.
Hydrocephalus is present at birth and is a brain disorder. The puppy will have more of a domed, enlarged head than normal. The disorder is mostly fatal. It’s an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluids that cause swelling and put pressure on the brain.
This leads to further neurological disorders like seizures. Hydrocephalus is usually a genetic disorder passed on from the breeding line. It can be present at birth or can appear from brain tumors or head trauma during birthing.
Chihuahuas with a mild case of hydrocephalus can survive this disease with appropriate veterinary care. Though they may be a little slower in most developmental areas.
Seizure Disorders in Chihuahuas.
A pet owner who has a Chihuahua that seizures will go through scary bouts with their dog. Seizures in Chihuahuas don’t always have a source or cause. In many cases, it seems this small breed is most susceptible to them.
An epileptic Chihuahua may have seizures managed more easily as the underlying cause can be identified and treated. However, an alarming statistic in the Chihuahua world is that 45% of seizure disorders in Chihuahuas have no known cause. The best thing you can do is be aware of the signs and treat them accordingly.
Though Chihuahuas tremble frequently, severe trembling or shaking can signify they are having a seizure. They may show mild symptoms like stiffness or stop motion or they can be severe uncontrolled body jerking with vocal noises.
Their eyes may glaze over and appear distant or “not there”. The best thing to do is to keep the dog safe and calm until the seizure subsides. A Veterinary visit is advised to help determine the cause.
These disorders are scary to humans that don’t understand or haven’t experienced them. Though, Chihuahuas can live long, happy lives with neurological and seizure disorders.