What To Do If Your Dog Has A Seizure

Seizures don't just happen to humans, unfortunately they can happen to beloved pets as well. Canine seizures can affect all breeds, although they are more prominent in breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Collies, and German Shepherds. Seizures look different depending on your dog and how severe the seizure is. It can sometimes be a shake of the head or excessive licking, or it could be a full body seizure. A full body seizure is usually a grand mal seizure. See below for instructions on what to do if your dog happens to have a seizure.

Take Notice

First take note on what your dog is doing. If your dog seems a bit off, has a glazed over look in his eyes, or has bulging eyes, it may be a seizure. Watch his actions and write down everything he does. Also take note as to how long the seizure lasts. This information will come in handy for your dog's veterinarian.

Make Room

Be sure your dog is in a safe place and doesn't have anything around him that could hurt him. If he is having a grand mal seizure, he may be trying to get up or could be banging his head or body on something nearby. Try to move the object or protect your pet as best as you can to prevent any injury during the seizure. Move anything that could potentially fall onto your dog as well.

Clear The Room Of Other Pets And Small Children

Clear the room of other pets to prevent either pet from getting injured. Another pet that sees the seizing pet may try to attack or become frightened (or vice versa). Small children could also be injured if in the room with a seizing pet, not to mention it could scare either your child or the pet that is seizing. Try to make the room as quiet as possible, so also turn down the television or music that may be playing.

Take Your Dog Outside

After the seizure, your dog may need to go outside to alleviate himself, especially after a grand mal seizure. Take your dog outside immediately and keep an eye on him, as his legs may be a little stiff. Try to take it easy with your pup right after a seizure, and avoid stairs if possible until you see that your pup is moving normally again.

Call The Veterinarian

After the seizure call a veterinary hospital about the seizure and give as much information as possible. The veterinarian may want to see your pup, or he may tell you to keep an eye out for another seizure. 

A seizure can be a scary thing, especially when it happens your furry companion. He isn't able to tell you how he is feeling, so it's up to you to do your best to take care of him. Always be sure to call the veterinarian after a seizure occurs, no matter how severe.