I was recently contacted by one of our readers, Cassandra, asking if I would share about Dachshund seizures since they are so common.
In the 12 years I have owned Dachshunds, and walked and house-sat Dachshunds, I have never encountered a seizure. I have heard of Dachshunds having them before but didn’t realize how common they were.
Here is Cassandra’s story:
“I was fostering a sweet little “dappled” male Doxie. I came into the kitchen and found him, apparently lifeless, on the floor with foam around his mouth. Naturally I picked him up and telephoned the on-call vet who began talking me thru it. While I was on the phone, he started breathing again and, by the time I was off the phone – about 10 minutes from finding him “lifeless” – he was wriggling to get down and went off to play. It was very disturbing. The vet explained “doxie seizures” to me and we were able to give the forever family a heads-up as to when they should get worried. I was told most of these are harmless, and happen occasionally with Doxies, but, if they occur too frequently, then a trip to vet is mandated!”
I looked into Doxie seizures and found a great article on the Everyone Loves a Dachshund site.
There are three different types of seizures and signs and symptoms include:
- Loss of Consciousness (doesn’t always happen)
- Stiffness in all or part of the body
- Falling Suddenly
- Urination and Defecation
- Involuntary Movement (such as jerking of part of or the entire body)
- Excess Salivation (foam at the mouth)
You can read about the three types of seizures here – Dachshund seizures.
So what should you do if you suspect your dog is having a seizure?
The best thing to do when your dog has a seizure is move all objects away from him, place a pillow or thick blanket under him to avoid self-inflicted injuries, and let nature take it’s course. Sometimes, talking to your dachshund in a soothing voice can help him relax and come out of the seizure more smoothly.
The first time your dog has a seizure, it is a good idea to visit a veterinarian. It will be helpful to your vet if you take notes about the conditions before and after and the seizure, as well as the duration. The vet will run some tests to determine what kind of seizure it was and hopefully be able to determine the cause.
Some dogs might require medication to control the seizures. Seizures can be scary but many dogs genetically predisposed to them continue to live a normal life.
Have you ever experienced seizures in one of your dogs? Please share your experience with us in the comments so others can learn from it.