Seizures can happen to any pet for a variety of reasons. There are many different kinds of seizures. Any seizure lasting longer than five minutes can kill your pet. Take your pet to an emergency vet immediately if you observe a seizure. If you live in or around Louisa, VA, bring your pet in for urgent care at Central Virginia Veterinary Clinic.
The Causes of Pet Seizures
Pets can suffer seizures due to heatstroke, poisoning, organ failure, brain tumors, injuries, reactions to medication, or epilepsy. Epilepsy is described as a “thunderstorm of the brain”. It is the most mysterious of the causes. It is common in many dog breeds, such as golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and beagles. Epilepsy rarely happens in cats, but it is not associated with any particular breed.
Transporting a Pet with a Seizure
Cats, small dogs, and other smaller pets should be transported in a pet carrier with towels or blankets to help cushion any blows against the sides of the carrier. Large dogs will most likely not be able to walk. They need to be rolled onto a blanket and lifted into the vehicle. If you suspect that your pet has consumed poison, take the container of the substance with you to show our veterinarian. Even if your pet stops having a seizure, it needs to be checked out by a veterinarian.
What to Do if Your Pet Has a Seizure
If your pet is diagnosed with epilepsy, then seizures will become the new normal. Do not place your hand in the animal’s mouth since it will unintentionally bite you. Turn off the lights, if possible, to darken the room. Move any furniture or anything hard out of your pet’s way. Talk quietly to reassure your pet because it may remain conscious.
After the Seizure
Most seizures only last 90 seconds. It can take your pet a whole day to recover. Your pet may be shaky, pace restlessly, and pant. Pets are often very hungry or thirsty after a seizure. Keep your pet in a quiet place and be patient while it recovers.
Contact Our Veterinarian for Urgent Pet Care in Louisa, VA
Seizures are a scary event for any pet and its owner. If you observe your pet having a seizure and live in or around Louisa, call Dr. Baker at Central Virginia Veterinary Clinic today at (540) 967-1404. If you would like to schedule a regular check-up appointment with our veterinarian you can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.