Does your dog have canine epilepsy? This article lists five strategies to make your dog’s seizures less serious.
1. Carry Rescue Remedy wherever you go. Rescue Remedy is all-natural and is a liquid herb that is contained in a little bottle. It calms dogs down when it is given via the tongue. You can buy a bottle for about $ 7. Buy several bottles and keep them around the house, in the car, and in your purse or pocket when you are away from the home or car. We found that it lessened the duration and severity of his seizures.
2. Reduce the amount of simulation your dog receives. Many seizures are brought on by exposure to too much noise or bright, outdoor light. Strobe lights are a main cause of seizures in people, and similarly, excessive noise and light can be a main cause of seizures in dogs.
In addition, be sure to tell people to keep their dogs away from yours. Dogs have been known to attack seizing dogs since they are genetically wired to eliminate weak pack members which could cause a threat to the pack. If the seizure occurs while you are inside, quickly turn off all the lights, and tell anyone who is in the house to remain completely silent.
3. Don’t let your dog hurt himself. Many canine epilepsy sufferers experience ferocious spasms that rock their entire bodies, sometimes causing the head or other parts to slam against the floor or other hard surfaces. This could injure your dog and prolong the seizure, so it’s important that you shield your dog’s head from injury. If there are stairs close to the area in which your dog is seizing, keep him from a tumble. Check his airway periodically to ensure his tongue doesn’t block his breathing.
4. Use ocular compression. Pressing on the eyes is known more formally as Ocular Compression or OC. Many experts believe that such pressure tells the Vagus Nerve to produce the chemicals GABA and glycine, two important pieces in brain chemistry. Gamma aminobutyric acid is an inhibitor that acts to de-activate ‘messages gone out of control’, i.e. seizures, and regulates balance within the chemistry of the brain.
5. After the seizure has ended, be sure to provide your dog with lots of attention. Dogs are not able to talk about their seizures, so they are probably quite scared after one occurs. Your dog will need compassion, love, and reassurances that everything will be OK. Give him a few treats, play with him, or take him on a walk. Whatever you can do to help get your dog’s mind off the frightening experience that has just happened will be best for you and your furry friend.
I hope these suggestions serve you and your canine companion well should you ever face a seizure. Wishing you the very best!
Sandra DeMers is the author of Cory’s Story, the story of how one dog conquered canine epilepsy that will absolutely AMAZE you. Visit her website to learn other causes of dog seizures and Sandra’s secret to good canine health–you’ll be surprised when you learn the truth.