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Epilepsy checklist


Epilepsy checklist

It is important to remember that epilepsy is a condition that cannot be cured, but it can be managed so that dogs and their owners can lead a full and happy life together. Knowing what to do can help you to best manage your dog’s condition:

  • Make regular check-up appointments to see your vet
  • Talk about your dog’s epilepsy with friends and family so that they know what to do if they experience your dog having a seizure

If you think your dog is going to have a seizure

  • Try and make sure that your dog is not in a position to injure themselves
  • Remove as many ‘sensory stimuli’ as possible, such as turning off the television and dimming the lights

During a seizure

  • Stay calm
  • Record your dog’s seizures in their seizure diary. If possible, film your dog’s first seizure(s) and show the film to your vet
  • Keep your hands away from your dog’s mouth while it is having a seizure. It is not in control of its actions and may accidentally bite you

Contact your vet immediately if your dog has

  • A seizure that continues for more than 5 minutes
  • More than one seizure in a 24 hour period

During recovery

  • Keep an eye on your dog, particularly if there are other pets or children around
  • If possible, allow your dog to recover quietly at home after a seizure, rather than moving them

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This site is provided as an information service for veterinary professionals and the owners of dogs with epilepsy. Any questions about your dog should be directed to your veterinary practice.

The information contained in this website are intended to be used for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be general or specific medical advice. Please seek professional medical advice in respect to your particular situation prior to any use.