These dogs are cute, friendly and loving which is why we are a huge fan of them. As you may already know, maltipoo is a crossbreed of a Maltese and Poodle. But, the biggest downside that comes with these dogs is the fact that they are prone to several health problems that can be found in both Maltese and Poodle. With seizures being one of the most common one for Maltipoo.
When a dog have seizure they usually falls to the ground and may begins to hold his/her legs stretched straight out from their body. You may even notice your dog running around in a panicking circle for a few minutes before actually falling to the floor.
The thing is that seeing your dog experiencing seizure is not a good look and you may be wondering what you can do to help your dog when things like these occur.
What Causes Seizures in Dogs?
If it’s a case where your Maltipoos is experiencing seizure, then the best thing you can do is take them to the vet so that you can have a understanding about the cause and what you can do to treat the issue. There are times when medical diagnosis are unable to find what is the reason behind the seizure. But, we still recommend visiting the vet in regards to the situation.
Things that may trigger seizure in your dog:
- Brain cancer
- Kidney disease
- Liver disorder
- Head injury
- Consuming poisonous substance
- Heartworm infestation
- Genetic predisposition
How to Properly Treat Seizure
Let’s start by saying that if your maltipoo have experienced only one or two seizure episode without it causing any serious health issues, then there’s a low chance that you will be given any form of medications. However, it’s safe to say that your vet will give them medication if your dog is constantly having seizures over time or if it occur one after the other.
After continuously taking medication your maltipoo may feel a lot better over time, but the drawback with this is the fact that once they are off whatever medication is being prescribed to them, they may start to experience more severe seizure episodes.
How to Help if Your Maltipoo is Having a Seizure
The first thing you might want to do is remain calm whether it is the first time you are experiencing seizure, you should keep yourself calm which will help you to attend to your furry friend.
Time Your Dog’s Seizures
We highly recommend timing your dog seizure whenever you’re you get the chance to do so. For this, we think it would be best if you use a stopwatch or even try keeping your eyes on the clock can give you an idea of how long the seizure is.
If the seizure is less than 2 minutes, then everything should be just fine, but once it’s three to five minutes, then something is wrong and you should take your dog to the vet as soon as you can.
If it’s a case where your dog has multiple seizure in a short time span, and does wake up during those period, then seeing a vet immediately is important.
Speak to Your Dog in Comforting Tone
When speaking to your dog make sure to do so in a low, comforting tone. There are even dog owners that play soft music for their dog after experiencing seizure. As long as the music isn’t loud, everything should be just fine. However, we think the best thing you can do is just allow them to recover without the distraction.
Lower Your Dog’s Body Temperature
Seizure works in a way that allows your dog body temperature to rise rapidly. This is why we recommend using a piece of wet cloth to put over his feet after the seizure is completed. Ensure that your dog has come to his senses before actually doing so.
Provide Your Dog With Something to Eat or Drink
It’s safe to say that at this point your dog may be extremely hungry or thirsty after the seizure. We don’t think you should force him to eat or drink, but you can let him do so if he seems to be fine.
Consult Your Vet
You may want to call your vet and ask for advice during the situation just to be on the safe side. If your vet diagnosis your dog with epilepsy, then they may give him medication. Take the time out to speak to your veterinarian about the medication and the side effects that comes with them.
Let’s not forget that seizures are very common among dog’s with some dog breeds being more prone than others, but the truth to be told is that all dogs suffer from seizure at one point in their life.
If it’s a case where your maltipoo has seizure, make sure to take the proper precautions to ensure that your dog get the right treatment he deserves.