The first time your pet has a seizure it can be a frightening experience. Know that, in most cases, your calm efforts are all your pet needs right now to get through the experience safely. The most important thing is for you to remain calm. If your pet is near something dangerous like the stairs or a sharp table, gently slide it away.
Stay away from your pet’s head and mouth. It’s a myth that pets can swallow their tongue during a seizure, so there’s no need to put anything in its mouth. Sticking your fingers near your pet’s mouth can irritate it, and you might get bit.
Time your pet’s seizure if at all possible. If it lasts for more than two minutes, your pet could be in danger of overheating. Put cold water on its paws, and aim a fan toward it to help cool it off.
Talk to your pet gently during the seizure, and pet it gently on its back and sides. Once the seizure is over, call our office. If the seizure lasts more than five minutes, or if your pet has several seizures in a row without completely coming out of them, bring it to our office immediately. The longer the seizure goes on, the higher the risk for overheating, which can cause brain damage if left untreated.