Watching your dog having seizures can be the most painful and terrifying situation for you. What can be more terrible than your poor creature lying on the ground affected by seizures?
What is a Seizure?
A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that leads to uncontrolled body movements and stiffness in your dog. You can find your dog shaking his legs and body uncontrollably. A seizure can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
What to do when your Dog has a Seizure?
1. Do not panic and cry because a seizure is painless for your dog as it is not conscious during the occurrence of a seizure.
2. Make sure that there are no harmful and sharp objects present near your pet as they may hurt your dog.
3. Do not hold your dog’s mouth during a seizure as it might bite you unknowingly. It is always safe to keep your hands away from its mouth.
4. Keep your hands over him, touch him. The strong bonding between your dog and you might make him comfortable for a while.
5. A seizure usually lasts for 3-5 minutes. Any seizure for a longer duration can be considered as multiple seizures which is generally an emergency situation.
6. Monitor the condition of your dog carefully and contact your vet in the meantime as there might be an emergency.
What happens after a dog has a seizure?
1. Your dog becomes completely exhausted as its energy is completely utilized.
2. Some dogs exhibit behavior such as Circling roundly and bumping into walls.
3. Dogs drool a lot, as the body temperature increases during seizures
4. Some Dogs can have temporary blindness. Have a look at this article for more information on seizures and blindness in dogs.
Post Seizure care
1. Give your pet a little water to drink as it becomes thirsty
2. Make the room temperature comfortable
3. Feeding a vanilla ice cream would be helpful as it has a calming effect on the body. Consequentially the blood sugar levels increase after feeding an ice cream, which tends to drop drastically during a seizure
4. Feeding a little amount of food can be done depending upon the condition of the pet.
5. Take him to your vet as soon as possible.
A seizure is not a disease in itself but a manifestation of some underlying problem. Proper diagnosis is essential in identifying the core health problem.
Proper diagnosis in addition to accurate treatment can save your pet’s life, which otherwise can make your pet live a Half Life
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