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Your usually happy-go-lucky pooch seems unsteady and confused. Then it flops to the floor. Even though it's not aware of what is happening, your dog looks like it's treading water. It's having a seizure. Why is this happening, and what can you do? If your dog has them often, it may have a seizure disorder. Another name for that is epilepsy. Abnormal, uncontrolled bursts of electrical activity in your dog’s brain cause seizures, affecting how it looks and how it behaves. Seizures can look like a twitch or uncontrollable shaking and can last from less than a minute to several minutes.

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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