What To Do If Your Dog Has A Seizure

What To Do If Your Dog Has A Seizure


What causes dogs to have seizures?

There are many different situations that could cause your dog to have a seizure, and it can be scary to see your dog behaving out of the ordinary. Seizures occur when the usual electrical activity to the brain causes your dog to loose control of their muscles. Sometimes seizures can be a one-off , sometimes it can be the sign of an underlying issue:

  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Brain Trauma / Tumours
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injuries
  • Heat Stroke
  • Infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease
  • Poisoning / Toxins


There are two different types of seizures. A partial or absent seizure and a major seizure.

Signs of a partial or absent seizure

  • Staring at nothing
  • Walking in circles
  • Muscle twitches
  • Nervous whining
  • Shaking
  • Appearing blind
  • Signs of a major seizure:
  • Collapse
  • Large / erratic muscle spasms
  • Excessive salivation / drooling
  • Eyes rolling
  • Onside and running motion with legs
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
  • Appearing blind / running around uncontrollably

During the seizure:

  1. Make sure the dog is in a safe area and remove all other dogs from the area
  2. Record the length of the seizure and keep the dog cool
  3. DO NOT try and restrain the dog they may hurt themselves or you
  4. DO NOT touch or talk to the dog

After the seizure:

  1. Keep Calm
  2. Offer the dog a drink but do not force it
  3. Keep cool and dim the lights
  4. Keep all other dogs away
  5. DO NOT approach the dog until they can understand that it is you
  6. Take to a vet for a check up.

The instructions booklet that is included in our Emergency First Aid Kit For Dogs contains all the information you need on how to deal with this and many other potential emergency situations. Why not buy one now so you are fully prepared.

First Aid Instructions for Dogs


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