Epilepsy in dogs results in fits and is due to a defect in the brain itself. In some breeds it can be passed through the generations and can be common, particularly in dog families. Epilepsy tends to start in dogs between one and five years old. Typically epilepsy start several years after the damage has occurred, so it isn't always easy to make a connection between the two separate events. If your pet is suffering from this disease, this book outlines the causes and available treatments options including medications and diet suggestions.