What to do if your dog is having a fit

Most people don’t immediately know what to do if your dog is having a fit . This can be very alarming and the most important thing is to take a deep breath and stay calm. Most seizures or fits will stop within a minute or two and your dog will recover. If you try to hold your dog still or comfort them, you may accidentally get bitten, so do not approach your dog while your dog is having a fit. Ensure the area is clear of objects your dog may hurt themselves on. Urine, feces, or saliva may be produced while your dog is having a fit, and this is normal. Once the seizure has stopped, your dog is likely to appear dazed and confused for some time. Gently approach your dog and sit him or her upright. Call your primary care veterinarian (during normal business hours), or contact the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency if your primary care vet is closed (after hours, weekends and public holidays). We do have emergency vets on duty 24 hours per day, ready to take your call. Once your pet appears a little more alert, we recommend your visit the vet immediately. Blood tests and other investigation may be required.

If your pet has been continuously seizing for more than 3 minutes and is not stopping, you will need to try to bring your pet immediately to the emergency centre. There is a risk when you approach your pet you may accidentally get bitten or injured. If your dog is large, assistance will be required to get your dog in to your vehicle. Medications are likely to be required to stop the seizure, and these can only be given by injection by a veterinarian. Keep the car as cool as possible by turning on the air-conditioner or opening the windows if your dog is having a fit. On arrival at the veterinary emergency centre, staff may assist you with getting your dog from car if your dog is still seizuring. This is a serious and life-threatening situation. Please phone us immediately if your pet is continuously seizuring, or if your dog has just recovered from a seizure. Our friendly staff can then advise you on the best course of action, and are on standby 24 hours per day to assist you.


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Dr Merrin Hicks
Emergency and Critical Care Specialist

Dr Guy Yates
Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

Dr Sophie Haynes
Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr Arthur House
Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

Emergency & Critical Care Team

Veterinary nursing team