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What to do during a seizure?

It is very important to be calm when your dog seizures, and we understand how very hard this can be. When your dog starts to seizure, do not try and stop them, you should not hold on to them. Try and make the room as quiet and dark as you can, this often means just one person staying in the room. Move any objects that they may bang in to out of the way - if you are worried they are too near a wall or the stairs, you can roll them onto a blanket and slowly, gently, slide them aside to a safer spot. Dogs do not swallow their tongues, so you should not try and put your hands in or towards their mouth.

Most seizures will last for one to two minutes, although it always feels a lot longer. Try and check the time when they start so you are aware of how long the seizure lasts. If the seizure lasts for more than ten minutes or for much longer than they usually last, you should ring your vet - make sure you know

how your vet practice works outside of their normal working hours so you have the number to hand (write these on the back of the handy Epilepsy Diary – available through your vets).

If you can and it is safe to do so, try to record a little bit of the seizure on your phone or tablet to show your vet as this can give a lot of useful information – but don’t worry if you cannot.

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Call your vet if the seizure lasts more than 10 minutes or significantly longer than normal.