Dogs are not only one of the most loved pets as these animals are often considered as stand-in children by the owners. It is therefore not surprising if the pet parent would suffer more if the dog is seen injured and hurting. Watching a seizing pet is a frightful experience. An owner watching the pet seizing for the first time would be highly stressed as the pet would appear to be suffering from severe pain. The dog owner would naturally want to help the pet but is there a first aid for a seizing dog?

A dog can have a seizure that is either single or repeated. Single seizure is characterized by a short duration that would last in seconds or a few minutes. Repeated seizure would have about the same duration but while single seizure would occur once in a seizing episode, repeated seizure would occur one after the other. Repeated seizure is a fatal condition as the seizing dog that has not yet regain consciousness would seize again and again.

Repeated seizures can be status epilepticus or cluster seizure. These two types of repeated seizure would have the dog suffering from one seizure after another. Status epilepticus is a condition that would be more frightening for a dog owner given that the seizure would continue to occur even if the dog has not regained consciousness. In cluster seizures, the dog that was “revived” would again lose consciousness when another seizure occurs. Both these conditions are life threatening thus immediate medical attention will be necessary.

The occurrence of seizure can be prevented by prescribed medications but administering first aid to a seizing dog is practically futile. First aid methods are given to save the pet from pain, to prevent the condition from worsening and of course to save the life of the pet. First aid methods would not deliver the desired benefits in a seizing dog thus it would be best to let the seizure run its course.

Keeping the seizing pet comfortable and preventing the pet from being injured would be the owner’s role. The pet has to be moved away from stairs. Sharp and hard objects that can fall and injure the pet must be removed. Hugging the pet to control its trembling is not advisable. A seizing dog would have no control over its muscles and the pet can accidentally bite the owner. Talking softly to the dog would be more helpful. The owner’s voice is believed to have a calming effect on the dog.

More about repeated seizures and first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.