During a dog seizure, a dog is not aware of what is happening around him even though he may be conscious. Sometimes the dog seems as though he is swallowing his tongue and owners attempt to put their hands in to try to take hold of it. Any veterinarian will tell you that this is a dangerous thing to do during a dog seizure
It is difficult to stay calm when you see what seems to be an harrowing situation for your dog with lips contorted back over his teeth, legs wide apart, body shaking and eyes gazing as if looking nowhere. Staying calm, is what is called for in such situations because if the seizure is a first episode the dog is most expected to return to normality as speedily as the onset of the seizure.
Canine seizures are as irregular as their cause. Canine epilepsy is the most common cause behind pet seizures. Dogs need to be handled carefully during the seizure and after the attack is concluded.
* Try to keep calm and quiet. The same applies to the tone of your voice when you attempt to console your dog.
* Whenever there are objects in the locality like furniture, which can possibly injure the dog, try to get rid of them. If this is not possible, put some blankets on the dog or move cushions between the dog and the furniture.
* Remember that the dog is not mindful of the environment during a seizure.
* Never bring yourself or your hands near enough for the dog to bite.
* Switch off all noise and that includes the television and loud music. Dim the lights and speak in a gentle voice to the dog and stroke his side or hip softly if you can.
* The dog's muscles are in all likelihood in a spasmodic state and his toenails and feet can harm you. Avoid trying to be on the same side of his toes. Spasms may generate involuntary movements of legs and feet and cause you injury.
While taking care of these safeguards during a dog seizure, it is also very important that you observe what the dog is experiencing. You will be expected to give every minute detail to the veterinarian when you take him to the clinic. Make a note of the time of the day and the period in between seizures if they recur. The length of each sequence is crucial as it allows the vet to know the severity of the seizures. Also make a note of involuntary urination or defecation, if any.
Your precautions will save you from injury and also supply comfort to your dog. The little particulars that you remember will assist in suitable treatment.