While most seizures do not require emergency medical treatment, a dog in status needs veterinary care immediately. It is important to treat a dog with status epilepticus as soon as possible.
Your pet may also need oxygen therapy and other supportive medical treatments. If an underlying disease can be located, treating that disease is important. Can Status Epilepticus Seizures in Dogs and Cats Be Prevented.
Status epilepticus. Intial management. Patient monitoring. Treatment.
PLEASE NOTE: The following are "textbook" definitions of status epilepticus and cluster seizures. Since every dog is different and every seizure can
Status epilepticus, where a dog has continuous seizure activity for more than 5 minutes or a
Other dogs are not so lucky. Seizures can be severe and frequent. They may occur in "clusters" (several in one day), or progress to the
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Status epilepticus is a danger to the patient and a treatment challenge for the clinician. Although no evidence exists to indicate that early initiation of appropriate treatment improves the outcome in dogs with seizures...