It’s a disturbing sight watching your pooch experience a seizure. It happens unexpectedly, and can be shocking and scary, especially if you have no idea of what to do. A seizure is an involuntary neurological condition that affects the dog’s ability to remain steady since it prompts the pet to collapse and enter a period of disorientation and total confusion. Generally they will convulse and lose the ability to control their muscles and joints. Be on the lookout for prolonged seizure activity, which might be an indication of a more severe health issue. You should avoid getting into panic mode and learn how to react appropriately when your dog has a seizure. Let’s learn more about why your dog may get seizures, and what we can do to help them.
What are the common causes of seizures in dogs?
Many factors can trigger a seizure in a dog (or human) If you notice any convulsing or seizing of your pet, please be sure to contact your veterinarian, and note any changes in behavior, diet, or environment. Your pooch can develop seizure symptoms from poison exposure. If your pooch has prolonged exposure to products such as chocolate, antifreeze, or an insecticide, then there are at risk of developing a seizure.
Heatstroke is another factor attributing to seizures in some dogs. Dogs have a complicated cooling mechanism that is different from humans. They also go through excessive panting, mental dullness, uncoordinated movement, and loss of consciousness.
Dogs that experience seizure activity may have brain tumors or brain damage. After testing and a close examination, a vet may be able to identify the cause for the sporadic seizure activity.
Additional common causes of dog seizures include:
- Liver disease
- Low or high blood sugar
- Kidney disease
- Head injury
- Brain cancer
- Electrolyte problems
The frequent seizure activity may take a toll on your dog’s health, which can be evident from physical issues such as joint soreness, itchy skin, skin infections, arthritis, etc.. It is a wise decision to work out a solution to their seizures earlier than later, for the longevity and health of your pooch.
What to Do If Your Dog Is Having Seizures
The convulsions are an uncontrollable movement, which makes it necessary to act calm and avoid restraining the dog. The movement may be rapid and unpredicatable, which makes restraining a bad idea. Youy don’t want to hurt yourself or your helpless pooch. You may subject your pet to serious injuries if you try to hold them in place or carry them. You need to act calm and quickly try to clear the scene to avoid injuries caused by surrounding objects. Only move the dog if they are seizing towards a staircase or similar dangerous scenario.
A dog owner may think that Involuntary seizure activity can trigger tongue swallowing. . Dogs can never choke on their tongue, so be patient and wait for the episode to end. The pet owner only needs to practice caution and avoid placing a finger near the mouth area to prevent biting accidents. Remember, your dog may not be conscious and unable to control their mouth properly.
Don’t leave your pooch behind when the attacks start since you want to reassure him everything will be fine. You should be on the lookout for signs such as overheating, which might affect its breathing. Try and provide a cooling effect and environment to avoid the danger of overheating. Once the episode is over, or during if sustained, call your vet for a close examination and inspection. Remember, the longer the convulsion, the higher the temperatures, which can affect your dog’s breathing pattern. In severe cases, vets may resort to using IV Valium to counter the seizure.
How Dog Owners Are Using CBD Products to Counter Dog Seizures
Promising and exciting. Those are the words used by Dr. Stephanie McGrath to describe findings from a pilot study to assess the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, for dogs with epilepsy.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190521101450.htm
You may have heard of many dogs are now benefiting from CBD, an extract from the hemp plant. While research is still underfunded and early in stages, we do have a few studies we can look at to possibly see a connection between seizures and Cannabidiol (CBD) The study linked above in Science Daily, sourced from the Colorado State University (May 21, 2019) took 16 dogs who had seizures, and gave 9 of them CBD, and 7 in a control group were given a placebo. Scientists found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.