What can Cause Epilepsy in Hairy-footed Gerbils?

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Epilepsy can occur in a variety of pocket pets including the Hairy-footed gerbil. Sometimes the disease is genetic while other times it occurs for unknown reasons. Epilepsy can affect 20 to 40% of gerbils; however, they are not severe and most gerbils make a full recovery. Signs of epilepsy start around 2 to 3 months of age and tend to lessen in frequency and severity around 6 months of age. Symptoms may involve trance like behavior, twitching of the ears and whiskers, convulsions, stiffening of muscles, and jerking of the entire body. Idiopathic seizures are usually caused by genetics. Symptomatic seizures may be caused by stress, improper handling, or even a sudden change in living environment. If you see any of this activity in your gerbil, call your vet and tell him what’s happening. Your veterinarian Somerville, MA may want to see your gerbil for follow up care. For more information, please contact your Cambridge Veterinary Care, MA.

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