Always call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian after your dog has a seizure, even if your dog seems to be acting normally. Start a journal or keep a note on your phone documenting your dog’s seizures, keeping track of the date, time, and length.
What can trigger a seizure in a dog?
Causes of Seizures in Dogs
Epilepsy. Heat Exhaustion. Nutritional imbalances such as thiamine deficiency. Low blood sugar levels.
What to do after a dog has a seizure?
How to Help if Your Dog is Having a Seizure
- Keep Yourself Calm. …
- Sit Near Your Dog. …
- Time Your Dog’s Seizures. …
- Carefully Move Your Dog to a Safer Location. …
- Speak in Comforting Tones. …
- Lower Your Dog’s Body Temperature. …
- Wrap and Comfort Your Dog. …
- Let Your Dog Sleep.
Is a dog seizure an emergency?
If a seizure lasts more than three to five minutes, this is an emergency and you should bring your dog to a veterinarian. Their body temperature can rise quickly and can be a problem. Especially as pets age, seizures that last that long can cause problems with their brain and cause brain damage.
How long does it take for a dog to recover from a seizure?
Seizures typically last approximately one to two minutes, although prolonged seizures can occur and require treatment. Once the seizure has ended, dogs will have a prolonged post-ictal recovery period. This period may last up to 24 hours, depending on the individual dog.
What foods can trigger seizures in dogs?
Nutmeg, a spice often found in desserts, can cause tremors and seizures in your pet. The sugar substitute xylitol can cause your pet’s insulin to spike, so keep sugarless chewing gum, candy, medicines, vitamins, condiments, some peanut butters and even mouthwashes locked away.
Will my dog be OK after a seizure?
Stay safe and try to keep calm – and let your pet handle the seizure. Your pet will likely be completely unaware of surroundings or even his or her behavior during and immediately after a seizure.
What should I give my dog after a seizure?
You may find it helpful to give your dog a small dose of rescue remedy and/or a small amount of vanilla ice cream immediately following a seizure.
How many seizures can a dog have before it dies?
Yet, several seizures in a row or a seizure that lasts longer than five minutes is considered an emergency situation that can be life-threatening. Call your vet immediately. The occurrence of more than three seizures in a 24-hour period is also an urgent matter that requires a trip to the vet right away.
Should you touch a dog having a seizure?
It’s all right to touch or comfort your dog, but avoid putting your hands near his mouth — his jaws may convulse during a seizure and he might inadvertently bite your hand. All dogs who suffer from seizures should see a vet.