What to Do If Your Dog Has A Seizure

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Learn how to recognize when your dog has a seizure and what to do with tips from a veterinarian in this free emergency pet health care video.

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Hi I'm Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde Veterinary Clinic in Arizona and I'm here today to talk to you about seizures in dogs. Some dogs are crone to seizures from epilepsy just like people are. Sometimes they could have seizures from other things like occasionally they will have seizures from being bit by some type of insect. Most of the time it is from epilepsy if they are older it could be from problems like brain tumors. There is a lot of reasons for seizures. Should you suddenly find your dog in a middle of a seizure that usually looks like this they are usually laying crone on there side and they are not usually sneezing and they are usually stiff. There legs would be stiff. They may be paddling and they may loose there bow or they might loose there urine so they might leaving puddles back here. They might be drolling and they would often be very stiff up here and potentially choking on something. I have seen dogs that has had seizures a lot to choking on grass that they have just eaten. So one thing the most important thing is you want to protect them from hurting there selfs and one way to do that is to cover them with a blanket and cover them up with a blanket and using the blanket to push them down to the floor and keep them in one place. The other thing is you want to block of stairways. Things that they could roll into and get injured. The other is to make sure they maintain airway but never never stick your hand into the mouth of a seizure dog cause you will get bitten. You could anything else that you can find that you might be able to pry into the mouth to keep them get there airway to keep there airway open and a rag might work depending on the situation or you might have to get something a little more firm like say like a paper towel roll that the cardboard roll that the paper towel comes on. You could use varies things to try to open that air way but most important don't let them hurt them selfs or you. It would usually last one or two minutes. The most important thing is to count the time. Look at the watch make sure you know how long because the seizures seems to last a very long time when in fact it is only a minute or so. If it is lasting more then three minutes the veterinarian needs to be called immediately and after a seizure you pet should be taken to the hospital or to the nearest veterinarian immediately.

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