Seizure is a frequently occurring neurological disorder in dogs. It occurs when there is a temporary abnormality in the functioning of a part of a brain which can result in making your furry companion suddenly flop to the ground. Watching your four-legged friend experiencing a seizure is the most frightening situation for any dog owner. Seizure disorder is also known as epilepsy.

Causes of seizure in dogs

The most common cause of seizure in dogs is due to genetics. It can also be caused due to

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Ingestion of poisonous substance
  • Brain trauma
  • Low/high blood pressure
  • Anemia

Seizure in dogs is triggered when spontaneous changes take place in their brain’s activity due to stress, environmental factor or any medication. The dog owner should minimize the risk of seizure in his dog by avoiding all these causes.

Symptoms of seizure in dogs

The symptoms that your dog will display on experiencing seizure are

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Drooling
  • Restlessness
  • Defecation/urination
  • Disorientation
  • Temporary blindness
  • Stiffening

If the dog owner notices these symptoms then he should immediately take his pooch to a veterinarian. Also before experiencing a seizure, your dog may behave in a weird manner which is also known as an aura. During this period, he may look stressed out, scared, and can also have muscle contraction. The dog owner should never ignore such warning signs and should take speedy action.

Tips to handle dog seizure

  • First of all, the dog owner needs to stay calm & composed and should avoid touching the dog as he may bite him unknowingly.
  • During a seizure, dogs tend to get overheated easily so the dog owner should try to cool him down by turning on the air conditioner.
  • If your dog is near any furniture then you should slightly move the furniture otherwise your dog can hurt himself.
  • If the seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes then contact your vet immediately.