Seizures in dogs

What happens during seizures?

On the start of seizure, the dog will fall on one side. His body will become stiffened, he will chop his jaw and all of the four limbs will be in continuous motion. He can also urinate or can pass motion during this phase or will vocalize continuously. Seizures may last between 30 to 90 minutes. During this phase the dog can hide, he may appear nervous or can also seek the owner.

At the end of the seizure, there is aimless wandering. Dog may salivate, there will be disorientation or dog may face extreme hunger or even thirst.

What are the reasons of the seizures?

  • Hepatic Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Nervous Problem
  • Eating any poisonous thing
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Electrolyte problem
  • Anaemia
  • Encephalitis
  • Strokes

Certain breeds develop more seizures than other breeds like Belgian Tervuren, Shetland sheepdog, beagle, Labrador retriever, golden retriever, keeshond, or vizsla develop more seizures than any other breeds.

Male dogs develop more seizures than females.

Types of seizures:

  • Focal Seizures: In it only a small part of the brain is affected. In it only one side of the brain or limb is affected.
  • Generalized Seizures: Both sides of the brain and all the four limbs are affected. A focal seizure led to generalized one.

What to do during seizures?

Don’t panic. Seek the vet immediately. During the time when your dog is having seizure, don’t put anything in your dog’s mouth like your finger etc. Your dog may choke or else he will bite you. Protect him from any hard object like furniture etc. or any harmful thing like sharp end of furniture etc. Note the duration of your dog seizures and seek the immediate vet care.