Monday, December 16, 2019

Seizures in Pets


The first time seeing a seizure especially in your own pet can be very traumatic.  Seizures can range from minor like “fly biting” to major where they will fall over, become stiff and shake.  When your pet experiences a new behavior that you are not sure what it is, it is important to take a video to show your veterinarian. What you may be seeing can be a seizure.

What causes seizures?

There are many causes of seizures.  It can be from a brain lesion, like a mass, something toxic that your animal ingested or even epilepsy.  

What to do during a procedure

The best thing that you can do is always remaining calm. Be careful when handling your pet because they may inadvertently bite and you may be the victim. Make sure they are not near stairs and they are protected from hitting their head. It is also important to note if your animal was acting different prior to the seizure, after the seizure and how long the seizure actually lasted.

Do I need to go to the veterinarian

It is always recommended the first time a pet has a seizure to take them to the veterinarian and have blood work performed. If a seiure lasts five minutes or more or experiences seizures back to back then this is an emergency situation where you need to take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

Should you treat?

Depending on how often and severe the seizures are would depend if your veterinarian will treat. Your veterinarian may not treat your pets seizures due to the side effects that can happen.

Watching your pet have a seizure is traumatic, but remaining calm and taking them in to be evaluated by your veterinarian will help pinpoint what caused it and if treatment is an option.

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