Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert or veterinarian. Always contact your veterinarian as soon as any medical concern arises with your pup.
Coming from someone whose 1 ½ year-old pup experiences an occasional seizure, I can tell you that it is, hands down, one of the scariest experiences a pup parent can have.
Based on my own experience, plus extensive research, here’s a list of things to do if your pup experiences one of these very scary episodes. Hopefully, armed with this knowledge, you can remain calm and do what’s best for you and your dog!
Before a Seizure:
Usually before the onset of a seizure, dogs will become distant or unsteady and may stare off into space. They may also hide, or become attached to your hip. It is important that you take note of what your dog does before a seizure begins. Observation is important.
During a Seizure:
– Don’t let yourself or your dog become hurt. If your pup is near something that could be hazardous, gently move them away from stairs, furniture or sharp objects.
– Avoid their mouth and head area, and do not put your fingers or anything else in your pup’s mouth. Dogs will not swallow their tongue.
– Keep as calm as possible. Softly talk to your dog, and gently touch them. They may salivate, urinate and defecate. Do not be alarmed, it is a natural reaction. It may also appear that they are running or treading water during the seizure phase. Other symptoms may include jerking, twitching, collapsing, loss of consciousness, chomping, tongue chewing or foaming at the mouth.
After a Seizure:
– Immediately call your veterinarian or nearest animal hospital to determine the next step of action.
– Watch your pup closely to make sure they recover. They may appear unsteady and blind for a few minutes.
– Let them hear your voice and feel your touch. When your pup wakes up from the seizure, they need to be able to hear your voice and feel reassured. Remain calm and speak softly. Dogs can feel your emotions, so do not get upset or anxious.
– Record when the seizure happened, how long it lasted and all of your dog’s symptoms. This will help your vet tremendously. Even though in the heat of the moment, things might move fast, if you can take a video while they’re experiencing a seizure, that will also help your vet determine the next course of action.
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