Epilepsy Seizures In Dog

MYTH: When a dog has Epilepsy seizures, try to make it stand up so they don't last as long. You also may want to stick something in its mouth so it doesn't bite it's own tongue off.

FACT: I was actually told this by a person whose dog had been having seizures for years and this is what this owner always did. I feel so sorry for that poor dog. Make sure you talk with your personal veterinarian and closely follow what ever instructions given. Never, I repeat never stick your fingers or anything else in a dogs mouth who is having any type of seizure. Whether Acquired Epilepsy Seizures (such as one of my blue heelers, who began having seizures a couple of months after suffering a severe brain concussion from being struck in the head by a stallion) or Congenital Epilepsy Seizures (meaning a hereditary trait found in some breeds), remember what is most likely to bring on a seizure and try to avoid them in the future. Stimuli that can trigger a seizure are unusual stress (changes in a dogs normal routine or life), excitement, anxiety, fatigue, bright lights, sudden and loud noises, fever, overbreathing and estrus.
Once the seizure has started, turn down bright lights, turn down or eliminate any loud sounds or noises, keep your voice calm and ask other people to leave the room or remove the dog to a quieter place. Place the dog in its kennel or basket on the floor, not higher up on a bed or couch unless you intend to stay and make sure it doesn't fall off the furniture. Talking gently and quietly to the dog, stroking the dog softly may help shorten the recovery time. The first two stages, first a change in behavior, then the actual seizure pass quickly. The third stage, when the actual seizure is over, but the dog remains wobbly, confused, perhaps unhappy, may take several hours to pass. Your vet may prescribe necessary daily medication to stop or at least help control seizures.

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