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Dog and Puppy First Aid: Seizure

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Signs
1. Uncontrollable Shaking
2. Tremors
3. Strange face movement
4. Inability to Stand
5. Loss of bowel or urinary control

Actions
1. DO NOT try to restrain your dog.
2. It can be hard, but stay calm and don’t panic
3. Move objects away from your dog to prevent injuries.
4. Call your vet and transport your dog there once the seizure has stopped.
5. Time the seizure. Your vet will want to know.

What is a seizure and what is epilepsy?

Seizures, abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all dogs who appear to have seizures have epilepsy, a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures.

Epilepsy is a common condition affecting millions of dogs worldwide. A key clinical question that often remains unanswered is the frequency of seizures a dog suffers. Since dogs spend many hours unobserved, it is difficult for pet owners to know when a seizure occurs. As a result, veterinarians are challenged to formulate treatment plans for epileptic patients without knowing the actual scope or frequency of seizures.

PetPace, the world leader in wearable technology for pets, today announced a new objective, innovative and automated program that allows pet owners, for the first time, to examine how pet biometric data changes in relation to seizure events. Addressing an acute gap in pet epilepsy care, PetPace Bio-ResponseTM for Epilepsy has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of epileptic dogs.

This device has a potential to help you care for your epileptic dog!

“This technology has the potential to change the way caregivers relate to and treat epileptic dogs and cats,” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine and Feline practice), and PetPace’s Chief Veterinarian. “The powerful combination of caregiver input and PetPace advanced analytics may open the door for remote, automatic detection of seizures, and ultimately to significant improvement in the management of this unfortunate condition,” he concluded.

Prof. Mickey Scheinowitz, previous Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Founder/Director of Biomedical Technology Innovation Program at Tel Aviv University, added, “Leveraging the data collected by the dog’s smart collar and using machine learning and big data models hold a great promise for the future of medical care. PetPace’s Bio-ResponseTM for Epilepsy program is an excellent application of this approach in the veterinary world.”