Rage Syndrome is considered the most dangerous disorder which a professional dog trainer and even the dog owner may encounter. Symptoms of this disorder are glazing eyes, suddenly attacking or biting someone for no reason or after waking up, and disoriented behavior. The violent and unpredictable attack usually is towards the owner, a family member or some other times against another dog or animal or an object. A simple and predictable dominance behavior is not alarming and not as dangerous as that with a rage syndrome dog.
Rage disorder or Sudden Onset aggression has been reported to be common to English Cocker Spaniel breed or sometimes referred as “Cocker Rage”, although apparent to other dog breeds such as to Golden Retrievers, Lhaso Apso, Bull Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers. Moreover, this condition is seen as young as six months or most frequent between the ages of one to three years of age and to male dogs.
Dog owners who have encountered this problem with their dogs noticed behavior changes before an attack. Some observation as they say that the dog continuously growling to no one in particular. Other symptom aside from those mentioned above is that during the attack, the eyes become red in color and the pupils dilate. Further, for some dogs during the attack may defecate, urinate, drool or vomit. Usually, the attacks lasts up to five minutes while the dog may seemingly unaware of the prior violent attack and appears to behave normal again after waking up.
In order for a dog owner to fully understand the symptoms and treatment of Rage Syndrome, it is advisable to read articles or books about this condition specially to dog breeds prone to said sudden onset aggression symptoms. Thus, a medical, behavioral and neurological examination of our dogs can be necessary to fully diagnose the disorder and eventually correct and treat it when results become positive.
After having diagnosed with Rage Syndrome or behavioral seizures, treatment can be made with anticonvulsant medication. Furthermore, drugs that can stabilize the moods or behaviors can be used for non-epileptic seizures.
Of course, in addition to medications, treatment involves routine changes to keep the dog’s life balanced including a healthy and nutritional food and must be regular, preventing our dogs to get stressed out and also giving them vitamins.
Finally, when symptoms exist, seek a veterinary behaviorist’s help because only a professional can tell what this condition is all about and you will be advised what to do.
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