Monday, March 10, 2014

Using An Ice Pack For Dog Seizures

I already mentioned this idea in an earlier article. Here you can see a practical application. Belle's parents are pleased with the results.



"Belle the beagle has epilepsy and has seizures, grand and petit, about once a month. She doesn't get them frequent enough to treat her with epilepsy medication (but if the seizures become more frequent we will put her on meds). We read that putting an ice pack on the small of her back when the seizure begins will help bring her body temp down and prevent the seizure from getting worse. Amazingly it works for her. Belle recovers much faster and the seizures never evolve into a grand mal. We hope this video helps others when they're not sure what to do when their dog has an epileptic seizure. Belle was 5 years old at the time of the video."

Might be worth of try.

Veterinary note: Of course, this technique should not be used in a way that puts the dog at risk and timing is important. By all means, give it a try right at the beginning if you can - though always wrap ice packs in a towel prior to placing next to the pet's skin to prevent skin damage.

However, if a dog is having a seizure of any kind (grand or petit mal) lasting over 2 minutes, they should call their veterinarian immediately instead of attempting more at home measures to stop the seizure.

Seizures lasting over 5 minutes (status epilepticus) can cause permanent brain damage and will need to be stopped as soon as possible. 

Important not to lose valuable minutes at that point.

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  1. As an epileptic myself, I'm a fan of anything that works and is safe for the pet. Of course, this technique should not be used in a way that puts a pet at risk and timing is important. By all means, give it a try right at the beginning if you can - though always wrap ice packs in a towel prior to placing next to the pet's skin to prevent skin damage. However, if pets are having a seizure of any kind (grand or petit mal) lasting over 2 minutes, they should call their veterinarian immediately instead of attempting more at home measures to stop the seizure. Seizures lasting over 5 minutes (status epilepticus) can cause permanent brain damage and will need to be stopped as soon as possible. Important not to lose valuable minutes at that point. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for weighing in! I think I should put this as part of the actual post.

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