If your dog is shaking or twitching, and he doesn’t respond to his name or a gentle nudge, he’s probably having a seizure, and it’s important for you to know how to handle that. The first thing to do is to remain calm. Seizures apparently cause no pain to the dog, and unless he’s in a dangerous place, you shouldn’t try to move him. (If you need to move him, drag him gently by his back legs to a safe spot, and then let the seizure run its course.
Some dogs urinate or defecate during a seizure, so if he’s having a seizure in the house, you may want to put some newspaper or paper towels under him, just in case. You can pet him to comfort him, but avoid getting too close to his mouth, as he could inadvertently bite you.
All dogs who suffer from seizures should see a vet, but emergency care shouldn’t be necessary unless a dog has a single seizure that lasts more than five minutes — or if he has more than two seizures in a row. Duration is an important factor in caring and treating a dog with seizures, so when you find your dog having a seizure, take note of how long it lasts and report the duration and frequency to your vet.
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