One of the most disturbing scenes you can witness as a dog owner is most certainly watching your dog experiencing a seizure. Seizures are neurological cônditions in dogs characterized by the involuntary disturbance of normal brain function and uncontrollable muscle activity. Seizures are actually common in dogs. A dog can experience one, or several seizures in a short period of time.
One seizure is rarely dangerous, but multiple seizures can cause the affected dog serious harm.
A dog seizure looks terrifying to us. However, our dogs actually don’t feel pain during the seizure, but they can panic and feel confused.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the seizures
There are several factors and health conditions that can cause seizures in your dog.
The most common are:
- Brain cancer
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Ingesting poison
- High or low blood sugar
- Head injury
- Electrolyte issues
Before a seizure, a dog will look confused, disoriented, unsteady, and wobbly. An affected dog may also walk in circles, staring into space, or experience temporary blindness.
The symptoms of seizures in dogs are unsettling and dramatic.
The most common symptoms of dog seizures include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Foaming at the mouth
- Tongue chewing
What To Do If Your Dog Has A Seizure?
The most important thing is to stay calm. Remove all the objects from the close proximity of your dog that can hurt him. However, don’t touch your dog as he can bite you unknowingly.
Also, don’t put anything in the dog’s mouth as dogs can’t choke on their tongue. If a seizure lasts for more than a couple of minutes turn a fan on the affected dog and put cold water on his paws to prevent overheating.
With every minute of the seizure dog’s temperature rises. Eventually, long seizures or several seizures in a row can cause brain damage and breathing issues. Therefore, if the seizure lasts more than five minutes or your dog has several consecutive seizures, take him to the vet immediately.
The vet will probably use medications such as Valium to stop the seizures. After the immediate threat to the dog has been eliminated, the vet will do all the necessary tests to determine the exact cause of seizures.
A dog can experience one or multiple seizures. Consecutive seizures in a short period of time or a seizure that lasts over five minutes can cause overheating and brain damage in dogs. Therefore, in these cases, take your dog to the vet immediately.