5 Things That Help Stop and Prevent Dog Seizures
Dogs can get seizures too just like people if they have a disease like epilepsy or other problems that can cause seizures to occur. Here are five things that stop and prevent dog seizures:
Karo Syrup or Honey
If you can get to your dog right at the time a seizure is about to start, you may be able to prevent it from coming on by feeding it either Karo syrup or some honey. If it is a small dog, give it about a teaspoon of syrup or honey, give a medium sized dog about a tablespoon of syrup or honey and give big dogs two tablespoons of syrup or honey.
Another thing that has been scientifically proven to stop or prevent a dog seizure is to put an ice pack on the dog’s back. This has been thoroughly tested in a study at a veterinary hospital in which 51 dogs with epilepsy were treated with an ice pack. The seizures were stopped or at least shortened when the ice pack was put onto the dog’s back.
This is a great way to stop a seizure if you want to do it without using any drugs that may be harmful to your pet. You should put the ice pack on the lower part of the dog’s back and hold it tightly in place until your dog recovers from the seizure. Just be sure to watch out for freezer burn if the ice pack stays on the dog for too long.
Something else that you can do to prevent or stop a seizure in a dog is called Ocular compression. It is done by carefully putting some mild pressure you’re your dog’s eyes when they are closed. It is done somewhat similar to when you take someone’s pulse. Then, you do the pressure for about five to eight seconds and repeat until the seizure subsides.
Try to do the Ocular compression as soon as you suspect a seizure is about to starts it works better the sooner it is done. This procedure also is said to cause nighttime relief from seizures because it helps to balance and synchronize a dog’s EEG patterns.
Mediation from the Veterinarian
Of course if your dog has seizures regularly, your vet may recommend one of several kinds of anti-seizure medications. Some of these mediations include valium, phenobarbital, Dilantin, Mysoline, or Gabapentin.
Feed High Quality Dogfood
Another important factor in preventing seizures is to feed your dog a high quality dog food or make his food yourself. This will allow the food to be free of preservatives like BHA, and BHT and ethoxquin, which as have been shown, could cause dogs to have seizures.