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Keywords:

  • Dog;
  • Seizure;
  • Status epilepticus;
  • Toxicity;
  • Neurology

Status Epilepticus (SE) is a fraught and stressful event for owners, and, needless to say, it conjures a similar reaction to even the most hardened veterinary professional when a patient arrives in the clinic. Studies have suggested that SE can be associated with a mortality rate as high as 25% (Bateman et al, 1999). However, an unbiased mortality rate for dogs is unknown given that many patients are euthanased prior to aggressive treatment and diagnostic testing. Furthermore, SE can be the result of any number of types of brain disease meaning that outcome will vary depending on the underlying problem. This article aims to give an easy to read, step-by-step reference for managing these difficult patients.