Watching while your beloved pet is ill is never easy, but seeing seizures in dogs can be very frightening to you, as well as the pet. There are certain known factors that can be eliminated from your home once you know what they are. The information provided is not a complete listing, so be sure to visit the vet for more tips for seizure prevention.
Pets are more than just animals that live in a home with you; they are more like a part of your family. You feed them, bathe them and give them some place nice and comfortable to sleep very much like a child. You should also take your pet to the veterinarian the same as taking a child to the pediatrician.
Seizures in dogs can be caused by things in their environment, toxins or within the foods that they eat. Taking away some of the known triggers and toxins in the home can help your dog stay healthy and seizure-free. Every dog is different and these recommendations are simple advice and not guaranteed to relieve more serious health problems that the pet may have.
Seizures can be triggered by some household things like wool blankets, air fresheners, carpet powders, flea collars and shampoos, dryer sheets, household cleaners, dust and mold. Foam mattresses that contain chemicals which are petroleum-based have been found to have high toxin levels that could increase seizures. Believe it or not, even cell phones have been studied to prove a contributor to seizures in dogs.
You can apply an ice pack to the body of the dog when the seizure begins; if you can calm him down to assist him. Be sure that you do not attempt to restrain him or else you might get bitten. Pets having an epileptic seizure are scared and may attack even the people trying to care for him.
If you have the forewarning of seizures in dogs, there are a few tips to calm your pet until it subsides. When you notice the signs of a seizure approaching, give the dog some honey in a small amount. Honey will not prevent the seizure, but it has been proven to lessen the severity, at least. Stay very calm during his episode so that he can remain as relaxed as possible.
Sometimes when a pet owner gets all panicky about the seizure it can actually prolong it. It is very important to stay quiet and use a very soothing voice when speaking to him during this period. If you dim the lights in the room and talk softly to him telling him that it will be alright, it might help get him through the seizure easier.
The suggested advice contains good guidelines to follow but your precious pooch should also see the veterinarian to be sure that medical attention is not needed. Seizures in dogs are never a nice experience for you or your pet. Having the knowledge and options above can help prevent some of the fear and worry though, along with possibly preventing upcoming episodes.