Seizures are the most common neurological condition for dogs. A dog having a grand mal seizure typically falls to its side while the muscles contract erratically.
People should not move or touch a dog having a seizure when it is safely on the ground in a clear area. It is helpful to record the length of time of the seizure for the veterinarian's information.
There are many causes of seizures in dogs. A veterinarian can rule out any underlying issues and prescribe medicine to either eliminate or limit the seizures.
Any seizure that lasts for more than five minutes is considered an emergency and the dog needs to see a veterinarian immediately. Failure to do so can risk permanent brain damage or death.