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What should I do if my dog has a seizure?

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Stay calm. If your dog is near something that could hurt it, like a piece of furniture or the stairs, gently slide your dog away. Avoid dog’s mouth and head; it could bite you. Don’t put anything in its mouth. If you can, time the seizure. If it lasts for more than a few minutes, your dog is at risk of overheating. Turn a fan on your dog and put cold water on its paws to cool it down. Talk to your dog softly. Call your vet when the seizure ends. If your dog has a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes or if it has several in a row while unconscious, take it to a vet ASAP.

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: “How to Handle a Seizure in Dogs.” 

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Pet First Aid - Basic Procedures."

Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware: “About Seizures.”

Stephen M. Hanson, D.V.M., M.S., D.I.P., ACVIM (neurology), veterinary neurologist, Veterinary Neurology Center in Irvine, Calif.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Neurology Service: Information for Owners: Seizures.” 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: “How to Handle a Seizure in Dogs.” 

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Pet First Aid - Basic Procedures."

Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware: “About Seizures.”

Stephen M. Hanson, D.V.M., M.S., D.I.P., ACVIM (neurology), veterinary neurologist, Veterinary Neurology Center in Irvine, Calif.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Neurology Service: Information for Owners: Seizures.” 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 23, 2017

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