Pet Seizures

Pet seizures take many forms. Sometimes, pet seizures are distressingly obvious. Sometimes, pet seizures are so subtle that a pet's human family doesn't even know they happened. Everyone who cares for a pet needs to know the symptoms of pet seizures. Here are three important things your veterinarian at Short Pump Animal Hospital in Glen Allen, VA, wants you to know.


There Are Many Different Types of Pet Seizures

Seizures don't always cause the jerking and complete loss of control of a stereotypical seizure. There are degrees of neurological involvement that have different effects on your pet's muscle movement and mental state.

  • Generalized epileptic seizure. This is uncontrolled jerking with impaired consciousness. 
  • Focal epileptic seizure. This kind of seizure affects just part of the pet's body. There may be abnormal facial expressions, abnormal movement of the head and legs, drooling, and bizarre vocalizations.
  • Partial seizure. This is a focal seizure that your veterinarian might notice. It can cause varying degrees of abnormal motion or loss of sensation without loss of consciousness.
  • Simple partial seizure. This kind of seizure results in abnormal motion such as tremors, excessive production of saliva tail twitching, whisker twitching, flexing the legs, and widening of the pupils of one or both eyes.
  • Complex partial seizure. This seizure resembles a simple partial seizure, but there are also changes in your pet's mental state. Your pet may stare into space, injure herself, or experience inexplicable episodes of aggression or running away. Complex partial seizures are the most common form of seizures in pets.
  • Generalized or grand mal seizures. This is the kind of seizure most easily recognized. There may be jerking in the legs, drooling, chewing movements, dilated pupils, and uncontrolled urination and defecation.

Sometimes You Need to Take Your Pet to the Veterinarian after (or During) a Pet Seizure

When your pet doesn't return to normal in five minutes or less after an episode that appears to be a seizure, it's a good idea to call your vet. If your pet has multiple seizures in a 24-hour period, veterinary attention is needed.

Your Veterinarian Needs Certain Kinds of Information to Treat Pet Seizures

Your veterinarian will need to know if your pet has had seizures before, whether or not your pet has been sick lately, when the latest suspected seizure occurred, and what the symptoms were.

When You Need an Emergency Vet, Call Short Pump Animal Hospital!

Short Pump Animal Hospital provides pet urgent care during normal office hours. Call us at (804) 360-0100. For emergency pet care evenings, nights, weekends, and on holidays, please see our list of emergency numbers. When you don't need urgent pet care, please request an appointment online. The offices of Short Pump Animal Hospital are located at 4730 Pouncey Tract Rd., Glen Allen, VA, 23059.

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