Look Out For Dog Seizure Symptoms
If you have seen your dog have a seizure it can be quite frightening and you may not know what to do. However, knowing dog seizure symptoms can ensure that your vet can make sure your dog gets appropriate treatment. It is also important to keep calm and make sure your dog does not panic.
Seizures can be caused by a number of factors. In some cases it may be primary or secondary epilepsy. In some dogs it may be hereditary. Another thing to look out for is head injuries and eating toxic substances as this can often lead to seizures. Particularly vulnerable breeds include German shepherds and Dachshunds.
There are often received wisdoms about dog seizures. People often attempt to grab the tongue in order to stop the dog from swallowing it. As well as being a pointless action it can often lead to serious injury. Remember, even if a dog is conscious they may not be aware of what is happening around them.
The type of seizure can be defined by the symptoms. However some can be quite similar so it is important to note any unusual behaviour to your vet. For example, cluster seizures and the very serious status epilepticus are often confused. Status epilepiticus seizures can either be one half hour seizure or a series.
As the name suggests, cluster seizures are a series of seizures as well. The difference is that the dog will often be conscious between the occurring fits. This can often be confused so it is important to take note of how long the seizures last.
When a seizure occurs you should do your best to take a deep breath and stay calm. Remember even if your dog is conscious they may not necessarily be aware of what is wrong and they will be reassured by a quiet and calm tone of voice. If possible, move furniture to prevent the dog knocking against it.
A particularly alarming seizure is the complex partial seizure. Signs include running around on the spot or strange behaviour such as trying to hide from you. The dog is conscious during this time but not aware of what is happening so you should remain calm. The seizure can last anything between a few minutes, a few hours and can even become a more serious form of seizure.
When you have reported the seizure to your vet they will often decide whether or not to do blood tests. Some may want to observe them for a bit longer before taking any action and it is important to check to see if your dog exhibits any of the symptoms mentioned above. Early intervention in the event of a dog seizure will ensure they get the best treatment as soon as possible.