Convulsive Or Seizure Related Aggression In My Dog

For convenience, we will refer to your dog as “he” rather than “he or she”.

 

Some dogs suffer from an illness which leads to episodes of convulsion or seizure.  This illness is frequently accompanied by aggressive behaviour in dogs which suffer from this condition.  Often, if not usually, the onset of an attack of the illness can be anticipated by observing the onset of certain visual signs, or unusual behaviour signals, which are known to be present with this type of illness.  Two somewhat common reactions in a dog when he is about to experiences an episode of the illness are:

 

●    He may engage in uncontrolled behaviour such as undue self licking;

 

●    He may begin snapping at insect pests, such as flies, when in fact there are no flies anywhere near him.

 

This type of behavioural change may be a very reliable indicator of the onset of an attack or episode of the illness.  An attack of this illness can be very distressing for you to witness, but it is important that you stay calm and act responsibly when he is experiencing one.

 

When attempting to assist your dog in these circumstances, you would do well to heed the following recommended procedures:

 

●    Use extreme caution and common sense when approaching him.  In these circumstances he may lash out at you involuntarily;

 

●    As soon as it can be safely administered, give him a dose of his prescribed medicine;

 

●    If it is some time since he was examined by your vet, schedule him for a check-up.

 

Although this may seem harsh advice, it may be too dangerous to keep the dog especially if there are young children in your family.

 

We wish you every training success and years of enjoyment for both you and your dog.