Is My Dog Having a Seizure? How to Know

We all love our pets very much and would do anything to help them if a problem were to occur. The question is, would you know if your dog was in danger and having a seizure? What are the signs to look for and what to do if you notice your dog displaying symptoms?

Well, let us look at the signs you should watch for that your pup would first show if they were in the grips of a seizure.

Then discuss the steps you should take to help your dog out and give them the best chances of overcoming a severe problem. Hopefully, you never have to experience your dog having a seizure and they have a long, happy, healthy life. But, if they every show these behaviors, it is time to seek care.

The symptoms of a seizure in dogs

Loss of balance

So, there are a few ways to tell if your pup is having a seizure right now. First, they can lose their balance. They may appear unsteady on their feet and look as though they are dizzy.

Their front paws may cross over, and they could stagger around like they are drunk. IF your dog is wobbly on their feet or having trouble standing in one spot steadily, then there could be something wrong.

These could be a serious sign that something is wrong but can be because of a variety of causes. Although, every one of the possibilities surrounding this kind of behavior requires immediate care.

Things like poisoning can make them behave this way also, so it does not only mean they are in the grips of a seizure. So, look for other symptoms to be occurring at the same time.

Involuntary shaking

Another symptom they may display in the grips of a seizure is involuntary shaking all over. This can be just their legs as they lay down and they may appear like they do when they are dreaming and chasing something in their sleep.

While this display can be cute and endearing when they are sleeping, if their eyes are open then there could be something seriously wrong.

Also, this could show as if they are shivering like they are cold. It could be slight movements, or it could be large, obvious shaking all over their body.

If your dog is shaking involuntarily, especially if it lasts for longer than a minute, then seek immediate care by taking them to their vet or a veterinary emergency care clinic.

Excessive drooling

They could also show smaller, less noticeable symptoms if they are experiencing a seizure. This could include simple things like excessive drooling.

If they are not typically a drooling dog and suddenly you notice drool dripping from your dog’s lips, then they might be having a seizure. It is a simple sign and could mean many things, but it is also a sign that something is wrong no matter what the cause.

You should investigate getting them checked out, especially if other symptoms on the list accompany the drooling.

Twitching facial muscles or darting eyes

They could show signs of a seizure by something as simple as twitching facial muscles. Which could show by their lips twitching like something is tickling their whiskers.

This could also display by their ears moving back and forth from one position to another repeatedly or just perking up on and off. If any of their facial muscles seem to move around repeatedly and they do not seem in control of the movements, then it could be time to seek help.

Especially if the movements last for an extended period as the longer it goes on the higher the chances of complications occurring. So, what should you do if your dog displays any of these symptoms or a mixture of multiple symptoms?

What to do if your dog is having a seizure

If your dog is experiencing a seizure, then there are a few steps you can take to take care of them in their time of need. The first of which is to make sure they are safe and comfortable.

Check for anything sharp in the area they could stumble into or shake against and remove these objects or pad the edges of it. Things like the corner of a wall, their crate, or an end table leg could all pose a danger to a wildly moving or unsteady pup.

Just pad the area with a towel or blanket to prevent them from further injuring themselves during their episode.

Make sure your pet is comfortable and stay with them. Put a blanket over them when they stop shaking but do not wrap them up in it. This is because their internal temperature can rise dangerously during and after a seizure and you do not want to cause more problems for your pup.

But you can make them comfortable and calm them down with a light blanket placed over their body and giving them lots of love. Just stay with them because they will not know what is going on and may stress out even more if you suddenly disappear during their moment of need.

Your presence alone can be enough to calm them down and reassure them that everything is going to be all right.

Just do not place your hands near their mouth while they are in the grips of a seizure because they could bite.

They would not intentionally hurt you but may act instinctually as though they are being attacked, not knowing it is their own body doing this to them. So be careful and do not get near their teeth during this time.

Also, when the suspected seizure episode lasts longer than one minute, it is time to seek care at once. This is because the chances of complications or damage happening to the dog’s brain or body increase dramatically after the first minute.

You should look for an all-hours emergency veterinary clinic if this happens late or on a weekend when your regular vet is closed. Or, if your regular vet cannot immediately see your dog, then they can at least provide you with some direction on who to call or where to take them to be seen.

Keep calm, take care of them during the episode, after the seizure helps them to relax, and then seek immediate attention. We hope you never have to use this information, but it is important to know just in case.

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