Before a seizure
Before a seizure your dog’s behaviour may change – they may become vacant, unsteady or agitated.
Seizures range from slight muscle twitching in one part of the head or body (partial seizure), to a whole body seizure.
Symptoms of a full body seizure:
- Loss of consciousness
- Falling over
- Foaming at the mouth
- Muscle spasms and thrashing
- Peeing and/or pooing.
Symptoms of a partial seizure:
- Twitching in a certain part of the body (often face or one leg)
- Vacant and unresponsive.
Watching a seizure can be very distressing but fortunately, they usually only last for a few minutes and your dog is very unlikely to know what is happening.
After a seizure
Once the seizure has passed, your dog will start to come round and recognise you again. Some dogs return to normal very quickly, and some take a few hours to get back to being themselves. The gap between seizures can vary from just a few minutes to many months or even years.
Cluster seizures are seizures with no breaks in between. Cluster seizures are an emergency and should always be treated by a vet. Call your vet immediately if your dog is having cluster seizures.