What Symptoms Show If a Dog Is Having Seizures?


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Most seizures involve a noticeable change in consciousness, and the dog may experience uncontrollable muscle spasms and twitching. Some types of seizures have more subtle symptoms, including behavioral changes.

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Grand mal seizures involve the classic twitching and muscle spasms as well as full unconsciousness. Absence seizures are also common and involve the dog suddenly becoming confused or distant. Sometimes they also involve compulsive behaviors, such as snapping at nothing, licking or chewing uncontrollably and barking. Some dogs may become aggressive for no visible reason. Dogs may urinate or defecate as they lose control of their bodily functions, and some dogs drool excessively while seizing. Some dogs experience an aura before having a seizure, which can result in nervousness and restlessness.

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