Generalized or grand mal seizures are the most common type of epileptic seizures that dogs can experience. These seizures are sudden attacks on a dog’s body leading to salivation, convulsions and spasms that can last a few seconds to a few minutes. Some of the most common things that can cause seizures are ingesting poison, low or high blood sugar, kidney disease, electrolyte problems, anemia, head injuries, strokes, or brain cancer. Here is what to do if your dog has a seizure.
What to Do if Your Dog Has a Seizure
Although it might be scary to watch, above all, it is very important to remain calm if your dog has a seizure. They are usually very quick and it is a good idea to let them play out before taking action. Stay away from your dog’s mouth because there is a chance that they could bite you. If the seizure goes on for a good amount of time, your dog is at risk of overheating (especially due to the Florida heat), so you can put a fan on them and cold water on their paws to keep their body temperature down. It is alright to speak in softs tones to your dog to provide comfort while they are experiencing a seizure.
What Not to Do if your Dog Has a Seizure
Don’t make any rash decisions to try to rectify the situation. Never move a dog who is in the middle of having a seizure unless they are in a location or position where they could potentially hurt themselves. If that is the case and you do need to move them, gently drag them by their hind legs to a safer spot. Contrary to popular belief, your dog will not choke on their tongue during a seizure so do not try to put anything in their mouth.
If your dog has a seizure you should take them to see a vet immediately. Even if it just happens once, a seizure can indicate a greater health problem. Your vet will be able to perform a thorough physical exam and lab work on your dog to see if there is anything specific causing the seizures. When it comes to the health of your dog, it is always better to be safe than sorry and take them into the veterinarian to get checked out.