7 tips for a happy life with an epileptic dog

As the owner of an epileptic dog, you learn a lot: you learn what unconditional love is, but also how important it is to have water-repellent plasmas at home! But the most important; a dog doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ at all to be the perfect dog for you.

Epilepsy in dogs can be disconcerting, but it is fairly common, especially in certain breeds such as beagles, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and Shetland sheepdogs (shelties).

Epilepsy is caused by an abnormality in the brain. Although the disease cannot be cured, there are several ways to control the consequences. A trusted vet can explain treatment options, so make an appointment with yours right away if your dog has a seizure.

If you at this time If you have an epileptic dog at home, here are some tips to deal with it. Hopefully it’s of some use to you!

Don’t let that stop you from doing fun things with your pup!

Epilepsy is indeed scary to see, but it doesn’t mean that your dog can’t do anything anymore. Even with a diagnosis of epilepsy, your dog can still live a happy, healthy and wonderful life.

You can just camp, swim, hike and cuddle with your epileptic buddy. You can just keep doing all those things that you always loved and you will probably appreciate it even more now when things go well.

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Be prepared

You never know when an attack will come, so it’s important to always be well prepared. That means you never leave the house without medication and your dog all the time carries a dog tag in case he or she runs away.

It is also wise to have a plan ready. Know what to do if you hear or see your dog having a seizure, have towels ready to soothe him or her, and make sure you can put him or her in a safe place.

So make your own plan, depending on what your dog needs.

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Set up your home for an epileptic seizure

Pretend your dog is a baby just starting to walk. Are there sharp edges? Then cover it. Fragile items on the edge of the windowsill or bookshelf? Put them away.

Your dog can fall into that when he or she has a seizure, and prevention is better than cure. And although it is theoretically impossible to predict when the attack will occur, there is often a certain pattern.

Some dogs usually get their seizures in the early morning hours. In that case, for example, you can decide that your dog is no longer allowed to sleep in your bed, to reduce the risk that he or she will roll off during a seizure in the morning. Alternatively, create a comfortable, safe place in the bedroom with a soft, water-resistant blanket to lie on (due to peeing).

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Read all about the medicines your dog should take

Most drugs are super effective, but often there are certain side effects or in some cases other problems.

Make sure you are aware of this, gather information and discuss all the time with your vet if you are concerned about your dog’s treatment. Don’t forget to ask questions: questions, questions and more questions.

Remember that you are your dog’s best friend and the only one who can defend him or her. You must ensure that the epilepsy is treated as well as possible.

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Make sure everyone around you is aware

We mean you dog sitter, your family and friends coming for an afternoon barbecue, your friends at the dog park, etc. The more support you get, the better, and you don’t have to worry about scaring people to death when they see your dog having a seizure .

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Write everything down

This actually belongs to the previous tip. It’s important to take notes and have all the information about your dog’s condition to hand, as well as tips on how to deal with it.

This is especially important for any sitters, walkers, or other people who occasionally spend time alone with your dog. You are less likely to panic in the event of an attack if there are clear instructions on what to do to help the dog.

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Keep breathing and don’t be too strict

Of course it is sometimes not easy to live with an epileptic dog. But it’s part of life, and you love him or her dearly. Of course it’s frustrating if your dog pees on your new carpet during an attack, or gets completely scared from the meds, but it’s still your best friend.

So give him or her a snack, a big hug and your unconditional love, because really, it’s worth it.

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