Seizures and Epilepsy

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Handling Seizures in Animals: Stay Calm and Take Action


Experiencing a seizure in your pet can be an alarming situation for any owner. Whether it occurs during a walk or while they're at home, knowing how to respond calmly and effectively is crucial. In this guide, we'll cover what to do when your animal has a seizure and how to seek help.

During a Seizure

  • Stay Calm: Panicking won't help. You can't stop the seizure, so keep your composure.
  • Provide a Calm Environment: Reduce stimulation by dimming lights and minimizing noise to help shorten the seizure's duration.
  • Causes of Seizures: Seizures can result from various causes, including poisoning, epilepsy, brain issues, or head trauma.

Contacting Your Vet

Immediate Action

  • Call Your Vet: Reach out to your vet, even if it's after hours. Describe the situation and any details you observed.
  • Monitor Symptoms: Note if your pet lost consciousness, bladder or bowel control, or any eye movement during the seizure.

After the Seizure

Seek Veterinary Care

If your dog has had a seizure, it's generally advisable to consult a vet. However, avoid stressing them further by rushing them in the car, especially if they've experienced multiple seizures in a short time.

Epilepsy Management

For dogs diagnosed with epilepsy:

  • Medication: Treatment may involve anti-epileptic drugs, with regular check-ups to adjust medication levels.
  • Rectal Diazepam: A tube of rectal diazepam is typically provided, allowing you to administer it at home in case of a seizure.

Handling seizures in animals requires a calm and informed approach. Always consult your vet for guidance and appropriate treatment.