Epilepsy in Animals Canine epilepsy is often genetic but epilepsy in cats and other pets is rarer, likely because there is no hereditary component to epilepsy in these animals. Epilepsy is most commonly recognised by involuntary movements of the head and limbs, however other characteristics include salivation, and lack of bodily functions and anxiety. Animals often lose consciousness and are not aware of their surroundings. When an animal has a seizure, make sure they are lying down on the floor away from any water, stairs, or other animals. Lay your hands on the animal to let it know you are there with them. Do not try to grab their tongue or clear their mouth as there is a high chance you will be bitten; contrary to popular myth, neither humans nor animals can "swallow their tongue" during a seizure, so it is safest to stay well away from their mouth during one. [from Wikipedia.]
Assistance / Service Animals
Assistance / Service Dogs Canada's Guide to Working Dogs provides contact information and descriptions of many assistance dog organizations across Canada. [Canada]
Epilepsy Foundation of America offers comprehensive, medically approved consumer information about epilepsy and seizures and is the trusted source for millions of people who seek reliable information about epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of America® (merged with the Epilepsy Therapy Project) is the national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the more than 2 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. In addition to programs conducted at the national level, epilepsy clients throughout the U.S. are served by 48 Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the country.
International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) is the recognized international umbrella body representing national epilepsy organizations that have a specific interest in improving the social condition and quality of life for people living with epilepsy and their caregivers. New
Flickering content or high contrast oscillating patterns may trigger Photosensitive Epilepsy, an article from Juicy Studio about the need to avoid flickering Web content, using photosensitive epilepsy as the basis for discussion. Updated
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy is epilepsy that is characterized by abnormal electrical activity in the temporal lobe of the brain. This activity does not cause grand mal seizures; rather, it causes unusual behaviors and patterns of cognition. [from Wikipedia.] Updated
Hypergraphia, a driving compulsion to write (or create in another media such as painting, blogging, etc.). [from Wikipedia.] Updated