I think my dog had a seizure. What should my next steps be?
Original Question: Last night Coco my dog had a seizure and he was shaking and was all confused afterwards. It was around 1 am. What should I do if he gets this again? He saw a vet on Dec 1, 2018 and aside from arthritis and an eye infection, which he has antibiotic cream for, he is okay. No other diseases and no diabetes but he lost 2 lbs since last year. Now feed I him Cesar soft food as he has teeth issues. What should I do if he has another seizure? - Vishwa
Thanks for your question. Sorry to hear that you’re dealing with this.
The first thing I would like to point out is that I have had clients previously that thought a seizure occurred but it actually wasn’t. I’m not sure what you witnessed but I would recommend that you describe it in greater detail with your veterinarian and let them get a sense for whether it may have truly been a seizure or not.
Regardless of whether it was or wasn’t a seizure, I would recommend performing some routine diagnostics to evaluate for any conditions that might have caused or contributed to the symptoms you witnessed.
I could write out an answer to your question, but everything I would cover is outlined in this article, “Epilepsy and Seizures in Cats and Dogs: 8 Things You Need to Know.”
I recommend you read it and then visit your veterinarian to carry on the discussion further.
Thanks and good luck.
Dr. Clayton Greenway
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