Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome









a variety of photos showing dogs experiencing CECS episodes...



CECS can manifest itself in many different ways depending on the severity of the episode or seizure. Therefore, it is difficult to depict all the different variations of the symptoms that this disease can cause. The following photos show just a few variations. For further information, please see Symptoms on this web site. Thank you.

No photographs may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the site owner. These photographs are case sensitive in nature and the owners of the dogs must be consulted through the site owner before being reproduced in any manner. Thank you.

If you have a dog who has had or is having episodes of this nature, it would be most helpful if you could take photos or videos of him/her while he/she is experiencing an episode. Try to get as close to the dog as possible and if you have time, try to open windows or turn on lights to help make the photos clearer. Getting a close up of the dog's expression is important as well.

If you have photos or videos you would like to submit, please send them to Kris Blake.





#1    This dog is not feeling well and is beginning to stagger and feel dizzy.

 #2    This dog is proceeding to cramp. Observe that she is leaning into the cramp and is in beginnings of arching tail.



#3    Dog's episode progresses. Good example of muscle ridges on back. Tail arching as a result of cramping. Dog is cognizant and will obey commands.

#4    Dog having episode in prostrate position.



#5    Same dog as #4, but with neck arched and rear legs cramping.

#6    This is another dog shown at the beginning of an episode.



#7    #6 dog showing more signs of the beginning of a cramping episode.

#8    Now dog is standing and stretching as a result of the cramping. Tail is typically arched or pulled to one side.



#9    Prostrate cramping with tail arched. Good example of alertness during episode. He can follow you with his eyes, but body won't allow him to rise.

#10    Another position of #9 dog's cramping and clear picture of his arched tail.



#11    Same dog as above showing ridges on his back by his tail as well as arching tail.

#12    Dog beginning episode with back legs cramping.

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#13    Dog is losing balance and is unable to stand.

#14    Dog is cramping and unable to rise.

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#15    Dog is losing balance and having trouble keeping upright.

#16    Dog losing balance even more and starting to fall on side.

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#17    Dog is trying to scramble to get up but back legs are cramping and he is unable to do so. Dog remains alert.

#18    Episode is subsiding and dog is now able to get back up into a sitting position.

We would like to express our appreciation to those who gave permission to use their dog's photos on this site so that others might better understand this debilitating disorder.

CECS/SD Specific Survey:

A CECS/SD specific survey form has just been created. If you have a dog suffering from CECS/SD or one you suspect might have this disorder, please take the time to fill out the online survey form.


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