Should I Call The Vet If My Dog Has a Seizure?

By Julie •  Updated: 07/03/22 •  3 min read
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Should I Call The Vet If My Dog Has a Seizure?

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It can be very scary to see your dog have a seizure. The first time it happens, you may feel helpless and not know what to do. This is normal. However, there are some things you can do to help your dog when this happens.

What is a Seizure in Dogs?

Seizures are a symptom of an underlying health issue that’s occurring in the brain. There are many conditions that can cause seizures in dogs, including epilepsy. Some forms of epilepsy are thought to be genetic. However, there are other causes of seizures in dogs, too.

Seizures may be caused by electrolyte or blood abnormalities (low blood sugar, severe anemia, cancer, brain trauma, and more).

What Does It Look Like When Your Dog Has a Seizure?

It’s not always easy to determine your fur baby is having a seizure. Your dog’s entire body may convulse or the seizures could be more localized (facial tremor, sudden rhythmic movements or actions, unusual barking, and more). In most cases, the dog recovers quickly once the seizure has finished.

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What to Do When Your Dog Has a Seizure

Here are some things you can do to help your dog when he’s having a seizure:

Once the seizure is over, and your dog has recovered, it’s time to call the vet, even if your dog seems to be acting completely normal afterward.

What’s more, if your dog has more than one seizure within 24 hours, he needs to see the vet right away. This is an emergency.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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