Pet Seizures

Pet seizures can happen as a result of an issue outside the brain or a problem inside the brain. Problems outside the brain include liver or kidney disease, ingestion of a toxic substance, or electrolyte disturbances. It can be a very scary experience when your pet is having a seizure. The best thing to do is to know what to look for and how to help if it does occur. At Southside Veterinary Hospital, we have been helping residents of Vero Beach, FL deal with pet seizures for many years.

Pet Seizures


Symptoms of pet seizures include:

  • Twitching
  • Stiff muscles
  • Running in circles
  • Immediately falling to the floor
  • Drooling
  • Biting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Defecating or urinating uncontrollably
  • Staring blankly

How to Help If Your Pet is Having a Seizure

Remain Calm

If this is the first time your pet is having a seizure or it has happened before, remain calm before tending to your pet. Your pet will be more frightened if you are scared or begin yelling.

Sit Close By

It is helpful if you sit close by your pet. However, be mindful of petting it as pets may bite uncontrollably during a seizure. Your pet may also be confused and could bite you out of fear or confusion. Other things you may want to do are:

  • Time your pet’s seizures
  • Speak in comforting tones
  • Move your pet carefully to a safer location
  • Try to lower your pet’s body temperature
  • Allow your pet to sleep
  • Allow your pet to eat or drink
  • Call your vet

Treatment for Pet Seizures

Many things can cause pet seizures such as diet, age, underlying disease, and hereditary problems. Our vet will be able to determine the cause of your pet’s seizures and the most effective possible treatment. Treatment varies depending on the cause and severity of seizures. The two most commonly prescribed medications for pet seizures include:

  • Phenobarbital: This medication helps to reduce the frequency of your pet’s seizures and is the most prescribed medication for pets that suffer from idiopathic epilepsy. Most pets tolerate this medication well.
  • Potassium bromide: This is another seizure medication that may be added to your pet’s treatment if it does not respond well to phenobarbital alone.

Schedule a Pet Exam with Our Veterinarian in Vero Beach, FL

Call Southside Veterinary Hospital today at 772-562-7845 for more information on pet seizures or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.


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