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Epilepsy checklist

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Epilepsy checklist

It is important to remember that epilepsy is a condition that cannot be cured, but it can be managed so that dogs and their owners can lead a full and happy life together. Knowing what to do can help you to best manage your dog’s condition:

  • Make regular check-up appointments to see your vet
  • Talk about your dog’s epilepsy with friends and family so that they know what to do if they experience your dog having a seizure
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If you think your dog is going to have a seizure

  • Try and make sure that your dog is not in a position to injure themselves
  • Remove as many ‘sensory stimuli’ as possible, such as turning off the television and dimming the lights
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During a seizure

  • Stay calm
  • Record your dog’s seizures in their seizure diary. If possible, film your dog’s first seizure(s) and show the film to your vet
  • Keep your hands away from your dog’s mouth while it is having a seizure. It is not in control of its actions and may accidentally bite you
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Contact your vet immediately if your dog has

  • A seizure that continues for more than 5 minutes
  • More than one seizure in a 24 hour period
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During recovery

  • Keep an eye on your dog, particularly if there are other pets or children around
  • If possible, allow your dog to recover quietly at home after a seizure, rather than moving them

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