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How to Give First Aid to Your Dog

        Animals | Dog Care

How to Treat a Dog That Has Convulsions/Seizures
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A convulsion or seizure is the result of constant electrical firing of the muscles of the body from the brain. Convulsions are rarely fatal, and most last only a few minutes. A typical seizure is then followed by 15 minutes to a half hour of recovery time, during which period the dog may be dazed and confused.

Not all seizures are due to epilepsy. Some are caused by lead or other poisons, liver diseases, and even brain tumors. Seizures or convulsions should never be taken lightly. The problem should be discussed with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

The most important thing to do if your dog is experiencing a seizure is to protect it from self-injury. Be patient, don't panic, and use the following tips to provide proper care.

Step 1: DO NOT place your fingers or any object in the dog's mouth.

Step 2: Pull the dog away from walls and furniture to prevent self-injury.

Step 3: Wrap the dog in a blanket to help protect it from injury.

Step 4: When the seizure has stopped, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.

Step 5: If the seizure does not stop within 10 minutes or if the dog comes out of the seizure and goes into another one within an hour, transport the dog immediately to the veterinarian.

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