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Understanding what to do during a seizure

What can you do to help your dog?

When you notice that your dog is about to have, or is actually having a seizure, the first thing to do is stay calm. Below are some other important things you can do to help.

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Make sure your dog is not in a position to injure itself

  • If possible, remove any nearby objects that they could bump into, or get tangled in (such as coffee tables or electric cords)
  • Try not to hold your dog’s head or move their tongue out of their mouth. They won’t swallow their tongue, but they could bite you as their movements are involuntary
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Remove as many ‘sensory stimuli’ as possible

Darken and quieten their surroundings by:

  • Turning the television off
  • Dimming the lights
  • Closing the curtains
  • Reducing the noise level in the room
  • Removing any other animals or young children from the room (where possible)
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Try to time the length of the seizure

Generally a seizure will only last for a couple of minutes, although it may feel much longer. If your dog’s seizure lasts more than five minutes, or they have more than one seizure in a 24 hour period, you should contact your vet immediately.

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Keep a seizure diary

Help your vet to identify any patterns in your dog’s epilepsy and recommend the most appropriate treatment options by keeping an accurate record of your dog’s seizures.

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