Seeing your beloved dog experience a seizure can be deeply frightening. You want to help your dog, but it can be hard to know what to do—and you may even worry about causing more harm as you try to help. But not to worry: there are several things you can do to help keep your pup safe and enable his recovery. There are also steps you can take to help ensure that, if your dog is prone to seizures, they happen with reduced frequency. Read on to learn more about how to help a dog who suffers from seizures.
Recognizing a Seizure
Seizures in dogs can be hard to identify. Some are very recognizable, presenting as full-body muscle twitches, but other types of seizures present differently. Your dog may have localized tremors, which might appear like a facial tic. Unusual barking can also mean that a seizure is taking place. Knowing your dog well and how he responds in certain situations will help you determine whether a behavior is normal or whether it might be an indicator of a seizure. You should discuss with your veterinarian if you think your dog might have experienced a seizure of any kind.
What NOT to Do
While your dog is in the midst of a seizure, you may feel like you’d do anything to bring him comfort. But there are some things you definitely shouldn’t do:
- Don’t try to move your dog. You may want to get him somewhere more comfortable—off the hard floor, or even into your arms—but you might end up causing injury by doing so. The exception to this rule is if your dog is in a dangerous place—on the stairs, for example. If you need to move him, you can drag him gently by his hind legs until he’s somewhere safe.
- Don’t put your hand near your dog’s mouth. Even if your dog has a gentle nature, he’s not in control of his muscles, and his jaw might clamp down on your hand.
- Don’t try to grab your dog’s tongue. Dogs do not swallow their tongues during seizures. This is a myth.
So What Can You Do?
There are plenty of ways to help your dog during a seizure. Here are just a few:
- Take note of what’s happening. Time the seizure and note details so you can give a good account to your vet later.
- Cushion your dog’s head with your hand or a soft object.
- Pet your dog. Don’t hold him tightly, but stay with him. Let him know with your touch and your voice that you’re there.
- Stay calm. A seizure is a scary experience for your dog, but it will help him to hear that you aren’t afraid.
If your dog experiences regular seizures, adding CBD to his routine may help decrease or eliminate this scary event. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of CBD for dogs, or discuss your questions with your vet.