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Help, My Chihuahua Had a Seizure

I had another seizure the other day. It was scary for daddy because his last Chihuahua had seizures her whole life. I have them too. About once a month.

Seizures in Chihuahuas sometimes happen after age 2.

I turned 8 last October. I sometimes feel it coming on so I find my daddy and start shaking. I lick my lips and act a bit strange.

Daddy recognizes the signs and picks me up. That’s usually when I suddenly stiffen up and go into my seizure stage.

Daddy holds me until the seizure passes and I get back to my normal state of repose.

Daddy puts me down on the floor and I sort of stand there a bit before resuming my usual routines. It only lasts about 30 seconds. I never lose consciousness, or control of my bladder or bowels. But I do have a little trouble standing for a minute or so.

What causes seizures in dogs?

There could be many reasons for a seizure. Some are scarier than others, such as brain tumor, lyme disease and epilepsy. Try not to panic too much. Talk to your vet first.

After the seizure, all things normal.

After a little bit I was back to normal. Daddy contacted my vet, who did some blood tests. He didn’t find anything abnormal. Said my brain might have been overstimulated, triggering the seizure. He does not want to start me on medication unless he absolutely has to because I would have to continue it for life.

Since I am eating and drinking and playing as I normally do between seizures, daddy decided to wait and see. The Chihuahua before me had seizures once or twice a year for many years. As she got older, she had more seizures and eventually had to be put on medication to control them. She also stiffened up but it lasted longer than a few seconds and took longer to recover.

Hopefully I won’t have to go on medication. You know how much I hate visiting the vet. And medicine is yucky, no matter how my daddy tries to hide it.

Tips if Your Dog is Having a Seizure

  1. Keep your pet safe. Clear the area around them or hold them if possible.
  2. Remain calm. Your Chihuahua will not feel safe and secure if you’re screaming and wailing.
  3. Don’t try to hold your Chi’s tongue. Dogs can’t swallow their tongue and may bite you unconsciously.
  4. Reassure your Chi both during and after the seizure. They may be confused and scared.
  5. Keep a close eye on your pet after the seizure passes to make sure they are okay and that another one doesn’t happen soon after.
  6. Call your vet for further instructions. Better to be safe than sorry.

My vet recommended my daddy relieve some of my stress by giving me Rescue Remedy in my water daily to help keep me calm. I’m not sure it’s working but at least the seizures are only about one a month. Check out these other stress relieving remedies at Amazon.

If you want to try Rescue Remedy check out this link.