Dog Seizure Symptoms

How much do you know about dog seizures? If you are a dog lover wouldn't it nice if you had information about this neurological problem? Read this article to know about dog seizure symptoms.
| Thursday, January 27, 2011

We feel helpless when we see people and animals suffer and often wish we could do something about it. Reading and collecting information about diseases and issues around you can help keep you alert and thus make you act on time incase someone around you has a heart attack, fracture or your dog has problems like seizures or a case of heartworms. You might be able to save a life by just being alert and that’s what this article on dog seizure symptoms endeavors to do.

Stages of Dog Seizures


Your dog is this stage will display a change of behavior as well as mood. This stage will last from a few hours to a few days.


This is the first stage of seizures. This stage of dog seizures may last from a few seconds to hours. The symptoms associated with this stage are:

  • Nervousness
  • Shaking
  • Whining
  • Trembling
  • Salivation
  • Restlessness
  • Apprehension
  • Looking for a place to hide
  • Searching for the guardian
  • Seeking affection


In this stage dogs display a sign of intense physical activity which lasts for a few seconds to about 5 minutes. Some of the noticeable symptoms of this stage are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Paralysis/inability to stand up
  • Shaking
  • Excessive drooling
  • Frantic throwing of limbs
  • Salivation
  • Uncontrollable urination and defecation

Post Ictal

Once the seizure ends dogs will show the symptoms listed here:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Temporary deafness or blindness
  • Excessive hunger or thirst
  • Pacing back and forth
  • Salivation
  • Restlessness

Status Epilepticus is the term used if the seizure does not end by 5 minutes. In such a case it may turn life threatening. In instances when the period lasts for more than 20 minutes the brain may be damaged since the muscles inside the brain does not receive any rest.

Reasons for Dog Seizures

  • Diabetes
  • Tumor of the brain
  • Injury to the head
  • Cancer
  • Blockage in the heart
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Distemper
  • Renal Failure
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Encephalitis
  • Hypoglycemia (low sugar levels)
  • Anemia
  • Hypoxia (shortage of oxygen)
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Hypocalcemia (low calcium levels in the blood)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Parasitic disease
  • Hypothyroidism (insufficient production of the thyroid hormone)
  • Hyperthyroidism (presence of an overactive tissue in the thyroid gland)

What do I do during and after the seizure?

If your dog has had a seizure it is important to stay calm and focused. Be around your dog and try and keep it from bumping into furniture and other objects. Avoid holding your dogs tongue as it might bite you. When your dog is feeling better take it to a veterinarian who will diagnose the problem and tell you the treatment plan.

You can help prevent dog seizures from happening by keeping your dog away from loud noises, household toxins and blinking lights. It would also be a good idea to feed your dog with a natural diet that is free from harmful chemicals and preservatives. It’s painful to see a loved one suffer but now that you have this information at your disposal I am sure your pet is in safer hands!

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