Has your pet ever had a seizure? It’s a scary thing to witness. Your four-legged baby has no control over their body; whether they’re having muscle twitching, stiffness, or losing their bowels, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The best thing you can do for your pet is to remain calm. Try to take notice of what is happening (muscle twitching, body stiffening, foaming at the mouth, losing bladder or bowel control, eye movement) and try to time how long the seizure lasts. Unless your pet is at risk for injury, don’t move him/her. If their head is banging on the floor, you can carefully slide a towel underneath, but be very careful around the head, especially the mouth. They can bite unexpectedly and for no reason. However, if a seizure lasts more than 3-5 minutes, this is considered an emergency and you should take your pet to either an emergency clinic or your regular veterinarian. Just try to keep the environment as calm as possible.
Once the seizure is over, it’s important to know that your pet may be “out of it” for a few hours. It takes a lot out of them to have a seizure, it’s mentally and physically exhausting. Some pets actually get a burst of energy and will run around for a few minutes after a seizure. And some seizures are so minor (staring off at nothing or attempting to bite at something in the air, for example), you may not even know what it is.
Regardless of the severity, or frequency, you should definitely call your vet after a seizure has happened. There are blood tests that can be done to see if your pet has epilepsy, which is defined as a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Some pets need medication to control seizures. Your veterinarian will work closely with you to help monitor the severity, frequency, and characteristics.
We want to share this information with you so if you witness a seizure, you can know what to expect. Just remain calm and call your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.
The Crossroads Animal Hospital Staff