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Post by Groomery on Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:05 am

.. My first dog of the day had a MASSIVE seizure on me. I thought I was going to lose her. One of the worst ever I've ever had to deal with :C Nothing on her records so now I'm also going to have to deal with easing the owners into the idea they probably have an epileptic dog. So much fun, NOT! Can someone bring me a keg'o'cino with 50 extra shots & a large block of chocolate before I also have a seizure , bleerrrrrrrr.


So does your salon have a protocol for these situations?
What do you do when this happens?

If you have never had a dog have a seizure on you count yourself lucky! I reckon I've had at least one per annum for 25 yrs:pale:

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Post by Chase on Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:02 pm

At the salon I trained at their were a few dogs their prone to seizures because word got round that she knows how to deal with them. So on a monthly basis dogs were having seizures not fun to deal with but I learnt a lot.

It depends on what the dogs having if its a seizure an epileptic fit (you can have seizures without it being epileptic) if its a grand mal (large prolong seizure) petit mal ( small short seizure). So here are some things I learnt their.

Before seizure

Some dogs you can see a few sounds that a seizure is coming or on its way sometimes these are signs of dog having small seizures. Little tremors of the body, vacant look dazed or frighten, sometimes you make think the dog is being stubborn, a leg or the body may flick.

During

Two best things during is to time the seizure and controlling the amount of damage the dog can do to itself from thrashing around.

For small dogs I used to hold the dog close to my body. This stops them from injuring themselves and helps reassure a dog that doesnít know whatís going on. Keep hands away from their mouth because they do clamp their jaw. Large dogs are a bit harder but minimize the space around them and move all objects it called injure itself on. Some dogs, very rare though, can come out of the seizure aggressive so be carful of that. If the seizure is more then 3-5 mins call a vet immediately. If its cluster seizures (small seizures happening one after another ) call vet immediately.

After the seizure

Keep the dog in quiet relaxed spot. If the dogs are known to have seizures and have already been bathed sometimes (use your best judgement) itís best to finish the groom the brining the dog back to the stressful environment again. If they havenít been bathed I would leave it for another time because the change in water temperature can sometimes set them off again and the noise of the dryer. If a dog is prone to seizures always use a stand dryer or something that does not have power or loud noises in them.

If I think of more things I will let you know best advice I can give is to stay as calm as possible because if you are stressed the dog will sense that and panic will cause the seizure to prolong
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Post by Groomery on Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:10 pm

Thanks Chase,
Thats pretty much what I have been taught & put into practice as well. It is hard to try to stay level headed when they happen but it's critical. This is why I thought i'd start this thread so that groomers who are new or may not have come across it yet can gain some insight to help them think straight if/when they have an episode!

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