There are many different types of seizures in dogs, and recognizing which kind of seizure your dog is having can be key to understanding the animal’s health condition.
Experiencing a seizure can be very frightening because you may not understand what is happening to your dog.
The animal’s entire body may be twitching uncontrollably, or only part of it may be twitching. Let’s take a look at the most common types of seizures.
Types of Dog Seizures
Most dog owners tend to think of a seizure that involves the animal’s entire body. The dog usually falls down and experiences spasms throughout its entire body.
However, this is only the most common type of seizure, and it is known as a generalized seizure.
A generalized seizure can last 30 seconds or several minutes, and some dogs experience several seizures back to back. This is known as cluster seizures.
If the seizure lasts more than five minutes, then it is known as a status epilepticus.
In addition to generalized seizures, there are also two other seizures that are very common in dogs.
One is called a partial seizure, and it is characterized by only one part of the body having spasms.
The other common type of seizures in dogs is the complex partial seizure, which doesn’t look like a seizure at all. Instead, the dog goes through several repetitive actions that it cannot control. The actions seem quite strange, like biting or gnawing, trying to hide, or running around in circles.
The Causes of Dog Seizures
There are many different reasons a dog might have seizures, so it is very important to take your dog to the vet if you believe it is having seizures.
Sometimes dogs have seizures that come on very suddenly, and often these seizures are caused by exposure to a poisonous substance.
Also allergic reactions can causes seizures, as can some infections and diseases. Brain tumors are also known to cause seizures, and more complicated problems like extremely high or low levels of important nutrients in the blood can also cause seizures.
What to Do When Your Dog has a seizure
If your dog does start having a seizure, the only thing you can do is be there for your pet and make sure that it is in a safe environment.
Make sure to comfort the dog after the seizure is over, and take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Seizures in dogs are quite frightening, both for dog and owner, but just remember to stay calm and comfort your pet.
Avoid bright lights and loud noises around your pet after the seizure is over, and make sure to note everything about what happened so that your vet can determine what caused the seizure.
Remember that in some cases, there may not be much you can do for your dog if it has a seizure disorder.
However, there are also plenty of causes that are quite easy to deal with, especially if the seizure was the result of a poisoning or allergic reaction.