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. This problem has been confused with epilepsy and it
would be helpful to video tape episodes for your veterinarian.
Often during the early stages of CECS an affected
dog may have severe trembling, become dizzy and/or stagger. Some owners
have described the dogs as looking as if they were intoxicated.
The first few episodes the animal may only show
signs of staggering, trembling and dizziness. As the episodes continue,
they will eventually exhibit signs of cramping. Some dogs may have rear
end and back leg cramping and be unable to stand due to the severity of
Other dogs will experience cramping in the head
and neck, either standing and accompanied by exaggerated stretching, or
become prostrate while the cramping may be exhibited in any part of the
There are dogs who have severe intestinal
cramping, (often misdiagnosed as IBS), which may also include cramping in
the flank areas and many have extremely loud intestinal noises that are
very apparent to anyone observing the dog. Any or all of these symptoms
may appear with each affected dog. Each dog is unique in the presentation
of this disorder.
The average age of onset for this disorder is 2-6 years. However there is no age limitation on CECS.
(2-6 years is just
The frequency of CECS episodes can range from
once or twice during the animalís lifetime to
several times per week.
In some dogs, it is progressive in frequency and duration.
of episodes varies from seconds to several minutes in
duration. Condition may continue to progress and need veterinary intervention
to stop the episode.
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.
Advice and suggestions found on this site are not meant to replace
professional veterinary care. Please consult your veterinarian before
changing your dogs medications or diet .