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Seizures

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and be careful handling your dog

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If they have another seizure within 24 hours or one that lasts more than 5 minutes, you should contact an emergency veterinary hospital.
  • Be careful when a dog is having a seizure. Allow them to come out of it before handling, as a seizing dog may bite.
  • If your dog vomits while having a seizure, carefully pick up their hind end and tilt them forward so they don’t accidentally aspirate the vomit.

 

Why it’s high priority

Seizures always require veterinary attention, as they are caused by a serious underlying condition

  • Seizures always require veterinary attention. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog is not necessarily in an emergency situation but should be assessed by your regular veterinary practice as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include epilepsy, poisoning, meningitis, stroke and brain injuries.
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)

 

Home care tips

Remain calm, keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise

  • Keep your dog and the environment quiet and calm – bright lights and loud sounds may be stimulants that cause your dog to have another seizure.
  • In case your dog collapses again or is weak, have some cushions, blankets or other padding nearby to catch their fall.
  • Restrict exercise (only short leashed potty breaks) until you have seen a veterinarian.
  • Take a video of your dog seizing if you can, as this will be helpful for your vet in determining the underlying cause.
  • Learn more about seizures in dogs

 

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