Ask a Vet Archive

When it comes to your pet's health, there's no such thing as a dumb question. Search questions real clients have submitted to our popular Ask a Vet Q&A series, and then submit a question of your own.

  • I think my dog just had a seizure. She was sleeping in her bed, then got up and was walking towards me when her limbs went straight and she ran into a chair. When I picked her up her muscles were hard and her teeth were clenched shut. It only lasted a minute or so then she started shaking like she was very cold. I wrapped her in a blanket and held her on my lap. She seems fine now, and has eaten a little. Should I be concerned? Should I take her to the vet?

    There are five main causes of seizures in dogs. Young dog’s sometimes have congenital issues that can lead to seizures, older dogs can have tumors or other problems in their brain, all dogs can have seizures as a result of either poisoning or some other metabolic problem that can impact the brain, and young to middle-aged dogs can even develop epilepsy.

    By examining your dog, how well she recovers from the seizure, and other diagnostic tests, we can figure out what the most likely cause is and then we can work with you to determine the best way to treat it.

    Some dogs with epilepsy don't require treatment right away, but if the condition worsens over time, we might begin treatment to prevent it.

Need more information or advice?

Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.