What You Need To Know About Dog Seizures

Your usual welcome from when you get home from work is absent. Instead your favorite furry friend seems unsteady and confused.Then he flops to the floor. Even though he’s not aware of what is happening, he looks like he’s treading water. He’s having a dog seizure. Your scared for him and don’t know what to do.

If your dog has them often, he may have a seizure disorder. Another name for that is epilepsy.  Abnormal, uncontrolled bursts of electrical activity in your dog’s brain cause seizures, affecting how he looks and how he behaves. Dog seizures can look a lot like a human seizure It can be a twitch or uncontrollable shaking and can last from less than a minute to several minutes.

There are many different causes of dog seizure and can include but aren’t limited to eating poison, low or high blood sugar, kidney disease, anemia or head injury head injury.

Symptoms of dog seizure can include collapsing, jerking, stiffening, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, drooling, chomping, tongue chewing, or foaming at the mouth. Dogs can fall to the side and make paddling motions with their legs. They sometimes poop or pee during the seizure.

Some dogs may look dazed, seem unsteady or confused, or stare off into space before a seizure. Afterward, your dog may be disoriented, wobbly, or temporarily blind. He may walk in circles and bump into things. He might have a lot of drool on his chin and could be bleeding in his mouth if he bit himself. He may try to hide from you as he also doesn’t know what just happened to him and is scared

If you think your dog has had a seizure. Follow these steps.

  1. Stay as calm as you can.  Gently move your dog away from anything that could hurt him.
  2. Don’t attempt to put anything in his mouth or touch near his mouth, he could bite you.
  3. If it’s possible time it.
  4. If it’s lasting for longer than just a couple of minutes he could be overheating. Try and fan him or put cool water on his paws so that he can cool down.

If your dog has a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes or if he has several in a row while he’s unconscious, take him to a vet as soon as possible.

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