Seizures, properly known as Idiopathic epilepsy, affect 2-3% of dogs. The cause is unknown, but, just like in humans, it is most likely to be genetics. This can happen in any breed but it more susceptible to beagles, German shepherds, Saint Bernards, retrievers, and poodles. If you have on of these dog breeds, do not panic. The percentage of your dog having seizures is very small. However, just because the risk is slim does not mean you should not be prepared. If you have a dog breed that is endanger of these epilepsy genetics, do not be afraid to ask your veterinarian for advice or to even do a scan on your dog. Even if seizures are not in your dog’s genes, this advice is good to know just in case an emergency happens with someone else’s dog or your own dog through hitting a certain spot on their head.
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Although watching your dog have a seizure attack is a scary experience, there are a few things to do to ensure your pet’s safety and well being during the whole time. During the seizure, do your best not to panic or go into an emotional state. Just make sure everything is out of your dog’s way including furniture, pets, children, and other items. If your dog is not gnashing his teeth, it is a good idea to put a loving hand on him. Also, talking gently to him may make coming out of the seizure easier. For veterinarian uses, record when your dog had a seizure, the length of the seizure, and how violent the seizure was.
When your dog comes out of the seizure, welcome him with a soothing voice and a loving touch. Do not reprimand him for any bad behavior that happened during the seizure, such as biting or urinating. They have no control over what they do during a seizure. Make sure your dog is fully recovered from the seizure before he does too much walking or playing.
A veterinarian or animal hospital needs to be called immediately if the seizure continues for more than ten minutes or happens more than twice a day. During a seizure, it is not possible for your dog to swallow his tongue, so keep hands and objects away from the mouth. This is a confusing time for your dog, so remember to be there for your dog during and after each seizure.