If your pet has never had a seizure before, seek emergency veterinary medical attention.
If your pet has already been evaluated for seizures, please follow your doctor's instructions or contact our emergency hospital for additional help.
What do I do when my pet is having a seizure?
First of all, don't panic! Most seizures are very brief and last less than 2 minutes. Look at a clock or your watch to determine the length of the active seizure. Watch your pet very closely and take a video if possible so you can describe the episode in detail to your veterinarian. Many other types of intermittent episodes, such as fainting with heart disease or balance disorders, will look like seizures. An accurate description of the episode and your pet's behavior afterward is extremely important.
During the seizure, the most important thing you can do is make sure your pet is safe by being sure they don't fall down the stairs, bang into sharp edges of furniture, or otherwise injure themselves. KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF THEIR MOUTH! You are likely to be bitten since many animals make chomping movements with their jaws while having a seizure. These bites can be extremely painful and very serious.
Following a seizure, there is a post-ictal (post-seizure) phase in which many animals are hungry; act disoriented; pace or circle around the house; vomit, urinate or defecate; or appear blind. These signs are usually temporary and can last for minutes to several hours. Rarely dogs and cats become irritable or aggressive. Be careful and keep your children away from your pet during this time. Don't attempt to hold or hug your pet if they are irritable or aggressive.