Tips for When Your Dog Has a Seizure

You may have heard about epilepsy in humans, but dogs can have this condition as well. With dogs, it may be difficult to tell if something was in fact a seizure, as your furry buddy can't tell you what happened like a human can. Seizures in dogs can take a number of forms, from excessive licking to a small shake of the head to a grand mal seizure that affects the entire body. See below for tips to help your dog if you ever suspect they are having a seizure.

Keep Calm

If your dog is having a seizure, you need to remain calm until he comes out of the seizure. This means speaking in a calm voice to help reassure your dog that he will be okay. Running around and being loud will only excite your dog as well, and this could result in an injury on the dog's part, especially if their legs are being affected during the seizure. Try to keep your dog away from anything that could hurt them, such as stairs, and do your best to keep your dog lying down.

Give Love

Your dog will most likely be afraid during this time; don't leave their side, if possible, and give them as much love as you can to help reassure them that they are going to be alright. Speak to them in a calm voice and repeat their name when doing so. Seizures can cause temporary blindness and confusion, so your dog's ability to hear your voice and feel you nearby will help.

Keep Other Pets Away

If you have other animals in your home, keep them away from your seizing pet. Other pets may try to play with your seizing dog, and this could result in injury to either of your pets. It's best to keep all other pets away and to try your best to keep children away as well.

Keep Them Cool

Keep your dog cool when they are having a seizure by applying cooling pads or ice packs to the pads of their feet, their arm and leg pits, and the back of their neck. You will notice your dog doesn't breathe properly during a seizure, and once your dog is out of the seizure, they will be breathing quite heavily to cool down. The cooling pads will help alleviate this stress.

Take Them Outside

After the seizure is over with, allow your dog to regain composure and then allow them to go outside. They may need to go to the bathroom if they didn't go during the seizure.

Contact the Vet

No matter the seizure—big or small—always call the veterinarian and have your dog tested to see what type of treatment your vet will want to use. Your dog may be put on medication if needed after tests are run.

Keep calm during a seizure to help your furry buddy get through the seizure. Give him love and hugs, and always call the veterinarian if you suspect a seizure. Look at this web-site and other sites to find vets near you. 

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