When you first looked into those little puppy dog eyes, you knew it was love at first sight. She sleeps in your bed, eats every time you eat, rides in your car, and so far as you are concerned, this puppy is part of your family. You never want to see an illness overcome her but, grievously, sickness is a part of life. Discovering the possibilities that a dog seizure might happen, could give you the information you need to save her life. 

Unfortunately, there is no real proof as to why seizures happen. Seizures have been attributed to: head injuries, taking in of chemicals, ingesting poisons, disease from heartworms, electrocutions, poisonous plants, and even receiving a traumatic fright. No one can truly agree as to what leads to convulsions. If you do experience such an obligation you do not need to panic, as this will do nothing but, confuse you and your companion. 

Just prior to an episode, you may find that your companion is irritable. You know this is not like him, and you wonder what may be the problem. This could indicate a stomach ache, or it could be the first warning of a seizure. No one can give you a clear cut picture of what may cause an attack. It is a matter of being educated and paying attention to the needs of the pet. 

A short list of symptoms, which may announce a seizure is coming are: Wanting an over abundance of affection, pupils that are dilated, quavering, whining, no response to your calling, uneasiness, and slobbering. Furthermore, not controlling bowel movements, or urination, confusion, gnawing on limbs, and uncontrollable constricting of various muscles could be telling you that a convulsion is about to make an appearance. 

Please take it under advisement, that your poor canine does not know what is materializing to his physique. He can not help what his body is doing, and is probably much more frightened than are you. Something happens in the brain of anyone (whether animal, or human), which interferes with the electrical stimuli the body needs to function correctly. Try to ease the anxiety by being there for your pet. 

It is a common misconception that swallowing the tongue could occur during one of these circumstances. This is nothing but, an old wives tale. There simply is no science behind the belief that you must put something into the mouth of anyone suffering a seizure. If you try to place anything into the mouth of your pet while he is in a convulsive state, he will bite you! He will not mean to harm you but, his actions are not his own, and he is not responsible. 

Furniture can be a hazard to anyone (animals included) going through a seizure. Since the body is incapable of stopping the thrashing movements, terrible injuries can happen. Remove anything which can become a nuisance, if you are able. Talk to your hairy friend, and let her know you love her. Also, stay safely behind your baby because her clobbering limbs might damage you. 

Always let your veterinarian know if a dog seizure has occurred. Let him or her know the duration of the convulsion, and what you noticed before, during, and after the episode. Your pet may have to be medicated for a short time, or for the duration of his life. Work with your animal physician to give your companion the best treatment he can receive. 

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