Hi I’m Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde
Veterinary Clinic in Arizona and I’m here today to talk to you about seizures in dogs.
Some dogs are crone to seizures from epilepsy just like people are. Sometimes they could
have seizures from other things like occasionally they will have seizures from being bit by
some type of insect. Most of the time it is from epilepsy if they are older it could be
from problems like brain tumors. There is a lot of reasons for seizures. Should you
suddenly find your dog in a middle of a seizure that usually looks like this they are usually
laying crone on there side and they are not usually sneezing and they are usually stiff.
There legs would be stiff. They may be paddling and they may loose there bow or they might
loose there urine so they might leaving puddles back here. They might be drolling and they
would often be very stiff up here and potentially choking on something. I have seen dogs that
has had seizures a lot to choking on grass that they have just eaten. So one thing the
most important thing is you want to protect them from hurting there selfs and one way
to do that is to cover them with a blanket and cover them up with a blanket and using
the blanket to push them down to the floor and keep them in one place. The other thing
is you want to block of stairways. Things that they could roll into and get injured.
The other is to make sure they maintain airway but never never stick your hand into the mouth
of a seizure dog cause you will get bitten. You could anything else that you can find
that you might be able to pry into the mouth to keep them get there airway to keep there
airway open and a rag might work depending on the situation or you might have to get
something a little more firm like say like a paper towel roll that the cardboard roll
that the paper towel comes on. You could use varies things to try to open that air way
but most important don’t let them hurt them selfs or you. It would usually last one or
two minutes. The most important thing is to count the time. Look at the watch make sure
you know how long because the seizures seems to last a very long time when in fact it is
only a minute or so. If it is lasting more then three minutes the veterinarian needs
to be called immediately and after a seizure you pet should be taken to the hospital or
to the nearest veterinarian immediately.