Seizure, epilepsy, convulsion or fit. They all mean something is off in a dog’s brain, and causing  his body to react in a frightening way. Every seizure is individual to each animal. Usually you’ll see agitation which grows into trembling, saliva excretions and staring, which then can become limb stiffness, falling,  blindness and more. With some dogs this can last a few minutes, with others it can last much longer.


1.  Call veterinarian right away
2.  Try to stay calm and don’t raise your voice
3.  Comfort the animal but don’t move him
4.  Make sure the animal cannot fall off or roll into anything
5.  Don’t hold the tongue — the dog won’t swallow it
6.  Be prepared for vomiting, defecation or urination

Have this information available if your dog has had one or more seizures but has not had previous drug therapy:

1.  Profile – breed, sex, age, lineage (if possible)
2.  History
– previous illness
– shot record
– living conditions
– food

3.  Specification of seizures
– unusual behavior prior to episode
– strength and length and time of episode
– type of body convulsion

Treatment of seizures can be difficult because many times it is unknown what caused the seizures. Toxins in the environment, head trauma, liver issues, genetic predisposition, metabolic, the food fed can all contribute.  Holistic vets have a variety of ways to help with herbs and tinctures. Traditional vets usually prescribe potassium bromide or phenobarbital.

More articles here:

Purely Pets – Seizures

Preventing Epilepsy

Canine Epilepsy Resources

About Seizures in Dogs