Watching your dog go through a seizure is a terrifying experience for any pet owner. Just like for a human, a seizure is very confusing for a dog but unlike humans, dogs can’t do much for themselves to remedy the problem. If your dog has frequent seizures, it may be indicative of a more serious disorder. So what can you do for your dog?
So, what is a dog seizure and what causes them?
Dog seizures, at their core, are abnormal and uncontrolled bursts of neural activity in your dog’s brain. These can cause a twitch or an uncontrollable episode of shaking that can last seconds or even minutes. Seizures can be caused by many things including poisoning, liver or kidney disease, imbalance in blood sugar levels, head injury, or other brain disease or infection.
What does a dog seizure look like?
A dog seizure can have a variety of different symptoms including muscle twitching, collapsing onto the floor, stiffening, loss of consciousness, drooling, tongue chewing, or mouth foaming. Dogs can fall to the side and make paddling motions with their legs. Often before a seizure takes hold, a dog may look dazed or confused. After the seizure subsides, your dog will probably be confused and unsteady and may try to hide.
What to do during a dog seizure.
The most important thing to do is to stay calm and try to keep your pet away from anything that could hurt them. Also, stay away from your dog’s mouth. Even though they may have never bit before, that does not mean they won’t in the midst of a seizure. If the dog seizure lasts for more than a minute try to keep your dog cool because their body temperature will rise quickly. And as soon as the seizure ends, call your veterinarian.
Controlling your dog’s seizures.
After your vet diagnoses your dog with a seizure disorder, your vet will likely prescribe a traditional drug treatment plan. But there is something else you can do, too. We have a safe, all-natural formula called Vet Select Nuroplex. It comes in capsule and liquid form and will help lower liver toxins from traditional drug therapy. If your dog has chronic or seizures, you should grab the full treatment kit. It’s a great alternative without side effects that can even be used with your doctor’s prescriptions.