How to Handle a Pet Seizure

July 13th, 2015

Dealing with a pet seizure can be frightening. Knowing the signs of common pet emergencies and what you can do to alleviate your pet’s pain is an important safety precaution to take.

Signs of a Seizure

Shaking (uncontrollably), tremors, strange facial movements, unable to stand, paddling (swimming action) with paws, loss of bowel or urinary control. Some seizures may look like your pet is vacantly staring at nothing or even absently biting at the air.   

Next Steps

Do not try to restrain your pet during an episode. Do not put your hand near your pet’s mouth. Move objects away that may cause injury during the seizure and, if possible, place your pet onto a soft surface, such as carpeting. Call a veterinarian immediately and transport your pet to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible, especially if this is a first seizure or one that lasts for more than a few minutes. Of course, whenever your pet is showing serious signs of a health issue your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital. If it is indicated that your pet may suffer from a serious condition, a veterinary specialist or emergency clinician is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.

If you are interested in learning more about seizures, see Seizures in Pets.