Seizures are the most common neurological disorder reported in dogs, and cats can also be affected. Witnessing these frightening episodes can be terrifying, especially if you don’t know why your pet is seizuring or what you should do. Our team at Ambleside Animal Hospitalwants to help by providing information about seizures, and explaining what steps you should take if your pet is affected.
Abnormal motor activity in the brain results in pet seizures, and this can be caused by many different conditions, either originating from inside the brain or from external sources.
Usually when a pet has a seizure, they experience three different phases that can be of varying severity and length.
If your pet has a seizure, the experience can be frightening, but knowing what to do can help.
Seizures that last more than two to three minutes put your pet at risk of heatstroke. You can use wet towels to help cool them down, but you should get them to a veterinary hospital as fast as possible. In addition, if your pet has more than one seizure in a 24-hour period, they are experiencing cluster seizures, and they need immediate veterinary attention.
The treatment will depend on what is causing your pet’s seizures. When we evaluate your pet, we will ask you for a detailed history, including any possible exposures to medications, plants, or toxins. Blood work will be performed to rule out medical issues involving their kidneys, liver, electrolytes, and blood sugar levels. If your pet’s seizures occur frequently, or are severe, they may need a spinal fluid analysis, or imaging such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If your pet is diagnosed with epilepsy, several medications can help manage the condition, and we may recommend a special diet.
Seizures are extremely upsetting, but knowing how to approach the situation will help you stay calm, and help your pet through the experience. If your pet has experienced a seizure, contact our team at Ambleside Animal Hospital, so we can help determine your next steps.
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