Here's What You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs

Here's What You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs

Just like humans, dogs can have seizures. Here’s what you need to know about them.

What Is A Seizure?

When the brain cells or neurons experience a sudden rush of electrical activity, the result is a convulsion, or a seizure. Dogs can have different kinds of seizures and will be most commonly affected when relaxed or asleep, though it can happen at any time.


Seizures in dogs can be caused by:

  • Epilepsy
  • Head injuries
  • Low blood sugar
  • Distemper
  • Ingestion of toxic material
  • Heatstroke
  • Low calcium levels
  • Encephalitis
  • Other metabolic conditions
  • Other diseases

The cause of the seizure can affect the type or when it occurs.


Some dogs begin to show symptoms before a seizure. They may:

  • Before frightened, confused, or nervous
  • Stare blankly
  • Hide

Most dogs display clear symptoms during a seizure. They may:

  • Stiffen or jerk
  • Have muscle twitches
  • Lose control of their bladder or bowels
  • Drool
  • Lose consciousness
  • Collapse

After a seizure, a dog may:

  • Seem confused
  • Seem agitated
  • Act disoriented


While your dog is having a seizure, you should:

  • Keep them away from stairs or sharp edges
  • Watch them or take them off of tall surfaces
  • Do not ever put your hands in their mouth
  • If your dog’s seizure lasts longer than five minutes, bring them to a vet immediately
  • If your dog’s seizures happen multiple times per day, bring them to a vet immediately

Diagnosis and Treatment

Seizures themselves are not diseases – they are symptoms of another issue. A vet may ask a lot of questions and conduct tests to determine their underlying cause.

Seizures cannot be cured, but they can be managed. If you think your dog has them, speak to a vet as soon as you can.

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