By Dr. Sherry Weaver

Convulsions, or seizures, are very troubling to witness. If your pet ever has a seizure, call the veterinarian about how to handle the immediate situation. Keep the animal safe by removing it from stairways or dangerous objects. Use of a blanket for padding and protection usually is not required unless the animal is actively pacing or thrashing. Swallowing the tongue is not often an issue with an animal in the midst of a seizure, so don’t think that you must pull the tongue out to prevent swallowing. If you can, time the seizure and make note of the severity. If the seizure lasts more than 3 minutes, or there are clusters of 5 or more, your pet may require medication right away.

There is really nothing you can do to stop the seizure at home other than provide a quiet environment (keep fearful or screaming children or loud music away from the dog), but do speak softly to the dog for reassurance. Any dog or cat that experiences a seizure should be examined, and blood chemistry studies should be done.

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