Apr 30 , 2021
Dogs are an important part of many lives, so it's scary to think about or see your companion have a seizure. Luckily, there are ways you can help your pet get through this time. As the owner, you should remain calm during seizures and leave the pet to handle the seizure on its own. Trying to interfere with your pet at this time can put you and them in danger because the dog is not aware of its behavior. It's important, as well, to keep your pet away from any potential dangers. A good idea is to also take a video of the seizures. This can better help your veterinarian to know what was going on during the seizure. Some other things to consider include lowering your pet's body temperature, letting them sleep afterward, or letting them eat or drink. It's important not to force anything on your pet but to have these options available to your pet.
After a seizure, always contact a veterinarian. It may also be beneficial to keep journal entries of your pet's seizure activity including the date, time, and length. While not every seizure requires medical attention, there are some that need immediate care. For example, if the episode occurs more than once in 24 hours or lasts more than five minutes. In the case of bringing your pet to a veterinarian, the veterinarian will do a physical examination and complete lab work. If there are any causes for the seizure that the veterinarian finds, then they will provide solutions to improve your pet's condition.
In general, you should not be worried about your pet's seizure. They are not uncommon in these animals, although some may be more prone to them than others. There is always a way to help your pet through this time and there are causes that can be found and treated in your pet.