Watching a seizure in your beloved pet can be a terrifying experience. Helpless to stop the seizure or your beloved’s obvious distress, owners can only make sure they do not harm themselves or anything around them.
Many pets can feel a seizure coming on and may react with agitation or even hide from the owner. Many will lose control of their bladder, salivate excessively, and act disoriented. In some instances, the animal will seek out their owner’s comfort immediately before the fit.
It is important to take some notes during the contortions for your Veterinarian; such details should be included: start time, end time, and specificities. Such clues will aid your Veterinarian in diagnosing your companion’s affliction. Many future episodes can be controlled with medication; victims often go on to live long, healthy lives in spite of their disorder.
The PostIctal Phase
After your Pug has had a seizure he will go into a Postictal Phase, also known as the recovery period. Your pet will be in an altered state of consciousness during this phase so give him plenty of space during his recovery. This period can last from a few minutes to a few days, with the average being a few hours. Every animal and every seizure will be different, so keep this in mind after the convulsions.
It is normal for disorientation to occur during the postictal or recovery period. Your buddy won’t remember the seizure itself but it will take a while for him to realize what reality is again. He may be slightly aggressive, as his disorientation to his surroundings can be frightening to him. Speak softly to him and assure he will be okay. If he wants to rest, allow him to sleep but do check on him frequently.
Your Pug will be confused as he recovers; he may not immediately recognize his surroundings or family. Be gentle and reassuring to him as he makes this transition back to reality. Remember that this could last a few days; Each seizure is different and has a different recovery period so don’t expect every instance to be the same length of time. Keep his favorite toys handy though, as they may be comforting during this process.
Many dogs will pant for a short time after a fit; this can cause excessive salivation or drooling.
Many pets will appear to be temporarily blind after an epileptic attack; no need to worry, this condition is usually temporary and will pass just as the lethargy and disorientation does. You’re Pug’s body has been through a traumatic event and it takes time to recover from such a manifestation. As his body returns to normal, so will his vision.
Evaluating your pet’s condition is important to rehabilitation. Forcing him to move or relocate will only prolong this unnerving process. Relax, take comfort in the fact your buddy is still around for tomorrow.
Notably, a visit to the Veterinarian is aways necessary after an attack. If your pet has frequent seizures, your Vet may not require you to bring him in; he may just make a few questions required for medical files.
Always consider your Veterinarian’s opinion regarding your dog’s Health and Safety.