Veterinarian Care for Pet Seizures in Las Vegas, NV
Epilepsy is frustratingly common in dogs and other pets. It involves a temporary loss of control over the body and involuntary muscle activity. Recognizing a seizure starts by knowing what your pet is going through.
It starts with the pre-ictal phase (sometimes called an aura). This happens before muscular seizing. Usually, your pet will have an idea that something is wrong, and their behavior will show this. They may appear restless whine for reasons you can’t identify, shake (different from the seizure itself) or salivate. It can last for hours, but it can also be a shorter period.
The ictal phase is when the seizing you imagine takes place. It can last anywhere from seconds to minutes. Your pet might look dazed or confused. They may appear paralyzed and/or move in strange ways. Incontinence is not uncommon.
Lastly is the post-ictal phase. During this time, your pet may remain confused or restless. Sometimes, blindness will occur, but it is temporary.
If you see your pet going through those symptoms, it’s important to know how to respond. Responding to a pet seizure has a lot in common with responding to a human seizure. The primary goal is to stay out of the way. If your pet is in danger of crashing into something or knocking objects onto themselves, clear the objects, but leave the pet alone.
Absolutely do not put anything in the pet’s mouth. They will not choke on their tongue, but they aren’t in control of their muscles and could clamp down on your hand. Don’t try to pet or hold them during the seizure. It adds to the confusion, and restricting their movement can put them at greater risk of injury.
The most important thing for you is to pay attention. Seizures are scary and unpleasant, but they typically aren’t dangerous for pets. The risk is when the seizure is extended. If the episode lasts for more than five minutes, then call for immediate veterinary care.
When the seizure is finished, you can talk with your animal clinic vet to figure out the source of the problem. It’s worth understanding that mild epilepsy may not require specific treatments. Anti-seizure medications are only prescribed when seizures happen more than once a month, come in clusters or last longer than a few minutes. Still, your vet will take a history and discuss tests to identify the source of the seizure.
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You can schedule an appointment at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital today if you think your pet has had a seizure.