Helping your dog after a seizure

Following a seizure, your dog may be completely disoriented and will attempt to restore its body’s needs; hunger, thirst deep sleep, barking and insecurity are all normal. Allow your dog to drink freely and eat small amounts of food; however avoid excessive food consumption because it could trigger vomiting. If your dog is pacing or seems disoriented, confine it to a comfortable crate or a small room to prevent injury until normal behavior returns. If overheating occurs due to prolonged or multiple seizures, a blowing fan, wet jacket, or cool cloths applied to the feet and abdomen will assist in the cool down. If you have multiple dogs, separation or protection may be necessary. A seizing dog can trigger the “pack” instinct in which an injured animal is attacked. Monitor your other dogs in this situation.

After a seizure, your dog may exhibit some of the following behaviors: bumping into walls and doors, restlessness, autonomic discharge and transient blindness. For many owners, this is just as distressing as the actual seizure. Always remain calm – your dog’s behavior often reflects your behavior. If your dog is anxious or fearful, sit and comfort it.

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. The reason for this is that rescue remedy tends to have a calming effect on a dog and the ice cream helps restore the blood sugar level in the dogs’ body that tends to drop drastically during a seizure. Not only does it taste good, but bringing the blood sugar level up to normal can help to prevent additional seizures. Low blood sugar itself can cause seizures. If your dog has very obvious pre-seizure behavior and you give a little ice cream before a seizure happens, this can sometimes stop the seizure altogether. You might want to thaw the ice cream a bit by letting it sit out on the counter or “zapping” it in the microwave briefly.

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