Dog Having a Seizure: What to Do


– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett. I’m the founder and CEO
of First Aid For Pets. Today, I’m going to go through how to help if your
dog is having a seizure or a fit or if you know that they’re epilepsy and they happen to be having a convulsion. This will work as well for cats but I’m using a dog to demonstrate. I’m also having the dog on top of a chair because otherwise it is
too low for me to film. So, if your pet is having a seizure make sure that they are in a safe place. Preferably on the floor as that is the safest
place for them to be. So, seizures are a
disturbance in the brain seizures can be caused by a disturbance in the brain. And they effect the wiring of the brain and can cause rigid,
out of control movements or any form of disturbance. And what tends to happen or what tends to cause them is something like a severe head injury, a reduction in oxygen to the brain which can be an extreme of temperature. So if they are suffering from heat stroke that can cause them to have seizures. Poisoning, any medication,
that can cause seizures all different things. And a diagnosis of epilepsy is made when it’s seizures and
we don’t know exactly why they’re happening. So, seizures occur and
it’s caused by a disruption in the brain. Controlling seizures in pets is possible but it’s not easy. They will require medication and they will require a lot of support. And you will need your vet to help. So you will need a lot
of veterinary support if your dog has been
diagnosed with epilepsy. Okay, so if you find that your pet is behaving oddly maybe they will start with a
sort of trembling sensation and then maybe they turn
into uncontrolled shaking. What you need to do is make
sure that they are safe. Keep your hands very clear of their mouth. This is the same for humans
having a seizure as well because they will clamp
down without meaning to. So they are unaware of what’s happening. They are having a seizure. And the best way to treat
a pet having a seizure is to keep everything as
calm as you possibly can. Dim down the lights. Keep noise to a minimum and time the seizure. Look and see where the seizure occurs. Look and see what happened at what time. If you’re able to, it’s obviously
very frightening for you as a pet owner if your
dog is having a seizure or behaving strangely. But if you’re able to
monitor what’s happening you can then tell the vet and it may give them more of an indication as to what is involved what areas of the brain are involved and what might be causing it. So, the most important
thing is if the seizure is lasting for more
than a couple of minutes or if it’s repeated seizures you need to get your pet
to the vet straight away. Okay, so do not delay. If the seizure stops
within two or three minutes then let your pet recover. It may take them a couple of hours before they’re back to normal. They may be very disorientated. They may not know what’s happening at all. Don’t rush them off to
the vet at that point. Let them recover and then call the vet and explain what happened. So you’re only rushing them to the vet if the seizure is not stopping or if there are repeated
seizures one after the other. And the reasoning behind that is that when someone is having a seizure there’s a reduced amount
of oxygen to the brain so you obviously want to do your very best to maximise that oxygen and to restore that oxygen
supply as quickly as possible. And that’s why, for a human
you’d be calling a paramedic and for a pet, if they’re
not got to a vet quickly then that reduced oxygen will
obviously have a long-term or could have a long-term impact on them. When they are having their seizure it may be that they are salivating and that some of that
saliva is blood stained and that could be because
they’ve bitten their tongue. There’s nothing you can do at the moment. But again, the vet will
sort that out later. They may also urinate and defecate as well whilst they’re having the seizure. That is perfectly normal but it’s obviously just
something to consider. And if your pet is
having repeated seizures you might like to put something under them whilst they’re having a seizure. So, that is what to do is
they’re having a seizure and then obviously refer
them to the vet immediately. And if, or afterwards, after
they’ve had the seizure. And if you’re aware of things
that can cause seizures like potential poisons, which we’ll cover in another Facebook Live keep them well out of reach to prevent your pet coming
into contact with them. Prevention’s always the best
if you’re able to do so. And likewise, if it’s hot prevent your pet from getting heat stroke and again we’ll cover that
in another Facebook Live. That’s me, Emma Hammett. I’m the founder of First Aid For Pets and I’m also the author
of First Aid For Dogs which is available on Amazon looking like this. Thank you very much. There are loads of free
resources on our website and we look forward to you joining one of our online courses or our practical courses in the future. Thanks, bye.

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  1. gustavo_fring says:

    My dog started to having seizures in last two weeks, it was the first time I encountered something like this, and frankly, it was terrifying.This video means a world to me, and to my dog what is most important. Thank you very much and big greetings from Croatia.

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