What to do if your dog has a seizure.

  • Note the time to determine how long the seizure lasts.
  • Keep your hands away from the dogs’ mouth. The dog will not swallow its tongue, but may unintentionally bite you.
  • Gently pull the dog by the scruff of its neck away from adjacent dangers (stairs, streets, pool, fireplace, and electrical wires).
  • If your dog is on a hard surface, a blanket or something soft under the head my help to avoid injury.
  • Keep the dog as quiet as possible. Loud or sharp noises may prolong the seizure or make it worse.
  • Removed other dogs from the area, as they may disturb or attack the seizing dog.
  • Remove children and other animals from the area for safety and so you can concentrate on the dog.
  • If possible, take a video of a seizure; seizures rarely happen in the vet’s office and observing the dog’s behavior may help the vet make an accurate diagnosis.  If you have previously made a video but the dog’s behavior during seizures changes markedly, make another video for the vet.
  • If the seizure lasts more than five minutes or if several shorter seizures occur consecutively, get veterinary assistance immediately.
  • Note a complete description of the seizure in a seizure log: frequency, duration, and severity, as well as any behavioral abnormalities associated with the seizure. An accurate description is important because there are other conditions with symptoms that mimic seizures, such as cardiac and/or pulmonary disease, narcolepsy, cataplexy, myasthenia gravis, and metabolic disturbances.

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