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Canine Epilepsy

What to do if your pet has a seizure:

Do not panic. If your pet is having a seizure, he is unconscious and he is not suffering. Your pet may seem like he is not breathing, but he is.

Time the seizure. Actually look at a clock or watch and note the time; although it may seem like forever, it may only be 30 seconds.

Keep your pet from hurting himself by moving furniture away from the immediate area. Also protect him from water, stairs, and other sharp objects. If possible, place a pillow under his head to prevent head trauma.

Note what type of muscular activity or abnormal behavior does your pet exhibits during the seizures? Your veterinarian may want you to keep a record of the date and length of time of each seizure.

If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, call your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic immediately.

Pets do not swallow their tongues. Do not put your hand in your dogs mouth ' you may get bit. Do not put spoons or any other object into your pet's mouth.

Keep children and other pets away from your seizing animal.

Remain by your pet's side; stroke and comfort your animal so when he comes out of the seizure you are there to calm him.

After the seizure

Observe your pet's post-seizure behavior. Do not allow your pet access to the stairs until he is fully recovered. Offer water if he wishes to drink.

Be prepared for vocalization and stumbling after the seizure ends. You need to be strong and offer support and comfort to your pet. He will be confused and may feel as though he did something wrong. Speak softly and with a soothing voice.

If your pet has not fully recovered within 30 minutes, contact your veterinarian or local emergency facility.

Signs that require emergency veterinary attention

-Seizures that last longer than 10 minutes.

-Seizures that occur more than 2 times in a 24 hour time period.

-Seizures that begin before your pet has completely recovered from the previous seizure.

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