How To Overcome Seizures In Dogs

Seizures in dogs happen more frequently than people imagine. Watching your dog while he is having a seizure can be quite a frightening experience. There are important things that a pet owner should keep in mind should their dog experience this at one time or another.

As in any frightening situation, what you need to do is stay calm. Watching a loved pet have a seizure can send anyone into a panic, but your dog can sense this. Knowing that you are nervous or in state of panic can further agitate the dog. Try and remain calm through out the whole situation.

The next thing is to place something soft under his head. It can be a towel or even a blanket. This should be done to prevent your pet from further hurting himself or his head during the convulsions. Make sure that you have removed everything around him. Do not have toys or any type of hard surface around him or her while they are experiencing the seizure. If they are near a wall, move them further away from it.

During a seizure your instinct reaction would be to reach into their mouth to prevent swallowing of the tongue. Do not reach into your dogs mouth. This can be very dangerous as your dog does not realize what he is doing at this time and can clench his jaw tight on your hand causing severe damage. Do not worry about the tongue as he will not swallow or choke on it during a seizure.

Once you have removed everything from around your pet, sit down next to him and talk in a soothing voice. Having you around will make your pet feel more secure. Encourage your dog to stay laying down and reassure him that it will be okay.

It would be helpful if you keep note of the incident. Keep track of how long it lasted and if it is the first time or how many has he had since it has started. The last thing you want to be doing during that time is looking for pen and paper. Taking a mental note or just glancing at the clock to know an estimate time of when it started and when it stopped can help. This information should be given to the veterinarian.

After the seizure has stopped, give him some sugar. Low blood sugars can be one of the causes of the seizure. One or two teaspoons should suffice. Do not give him too much of it as this can also be bad. Vanilla ice cream is preferred but if you have another flavor instead in your refrigerator, that should do. After feeding your pet ice cream, try and give them dog food to help maintain the sugar given.

Seizures in dogs can be scary but knowing what to do during this time can really help both of you. Remember to let your veterinarian know everything that happen, and if it is not the first time, you do not need to take your pet every time a seizure occurs. If it is more than one occurring, one after another, take your pet to a veterinarian emergency room.

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