Feelgood Seizure Pet Tips
- May 17, 2019
- Ally Cohen
Seizures are not uncommon in pets.
Seizures in dogs may be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, age, hereditary problems, underlying disease, and more. They may also be caused by epilepsy. Dog seizures can be also caused by trauma, exposure to toxins, brain tumors, genetic abnormalities, issues with the dog’s blood or organs, or a number of other reasons. Other times, seizures may sometimes occur for unknown reasons – called idiopathic.Experiencing a seizure can be scary for you and your pet but knowing what to look for and how to react can help.
What to do if my pet has a seizure?
- Your dog or cat having a seizure is a terrifying experience both for you and your pet. As hard as it may be, remain calm. Do not try to restrain your pet in any way. Ensure that they will not injure themselves by moving furniture out of the way and be aware that they will be disorientated and may show aggressive behaviour during the recovery period.
- Cluster seizures (seizures occurring in rapid succession after each other) are to be treated as a medical emergency and your pet needs to be taken to your closest vet. If your pet has only had one seizure and appears to be recovering, then observe him/her from a distance. By rushing your pet to the vet and stressing them out you may actually trigger another seizure. It is advisable to have your pet checked over within 24 hours of any seizure activity even if there have been no further seizures.
- Some pets will have one seizure and then never, ever seizure again but usually seizures become more frequent and the severity and length of seizure may increase.
- Owing to the variety of causes for seizures in pets it is advisable to have a full screening run on your pet to rule out causes such as diabetes or a tumour in the brain. If all the tests come back as normal, your vet will probably make a diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy, in simple English – epilepsy with an unknown cause.
- Talk to a holistic vet before immunising your pet. Conventional over-vaccination may stress the immune system unnecessarily and negative side effects may occur, these include seizures and other nervous system disease.
- As stress may precipitate seizures in susceptible animals, try to keep this to a minimum. If you know that a stressful event is coming up (e.g. home renovations or perhaps a trip to the vet), a few doses of our PetCalm prior to and during the stressful event would be beneficial to control stress levels and calm your dog or cat.
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