Due to their small size and high energy levels, chihuahuas are at an increased risk of experiencing certain types of medical problems, such as low blood sugar, according to DogTime, a website for dog lovers. Low blood sugar, a condition also called hypoglycemia, can cause seizure symptoms to occur in certain chihuahuas. A chihuahua who displays any seizure symptoms requires immediate care from a veterinarian.
Restlessness, Wandering or Hiding
Prior to having a seizure, a chihuahua can become unusually restless as a symptom of this condition, explains PetPlace.com. The chihuahua may wander through the house aimlessly, or may hide under the bed or in a closet. These chihuahua seizure symptoms can be difficult to detect in certain dogs and may persist for several days before a seizure takes place.
Whining or Salivating
Before having a seizure, a chihuahua may begin to whine incessantly or salivate profusely, warns PetPlace.com. The affected dog can appear abnormally anxious or nervous. These seizure symptoms may last for a few seconds or several days before a chihuahua experiences a full seizure.
Body Tremors or Convulsions
During a seizure, a chihuahua can lose consciousness and fall onto his side. When this happens, the affected dog can experience muscle spasms or body tremors that cause his paws to begin to convulse or paddle, explains PetWave, an informational website for pet owners. Despite appearances, seizures are not painful to a chihuahua. Seizure episodes can last for a few seconds or several minutes. A chihuahua who experiences body tremors for longer than 5 to 10 minutes, or more than two seizures within a span of 24 hours requires immediate emergency veterinary care, advises PetPlace.com.
Loss of Bladder Control
A chihuahua can lose control of his bladder during a seizure and can begin to salivate excessively. Additionally, certain chihuhuas may vomit or lose control of their bowels, explains PetWave. These seizure symptoms can be concerning or upsetting to a pet owner, but she should remain calm so that she can comfort her chihuahua.
Confusion or Disorientation
Immediately after having a seizure, a chihuahua can appear unusually confused or disoriented as symptoms of this condition, explains PetPlace.com. An affected chihuahua may appear unresponsive or may attempt to cuddle with his owner. Depending upon the severity of the seizure, these symptoms can last up to several days. A pet owner should contact a veterinarian immediately if these seizure symptoms do not subside within 30 minutes, reports PetPlace.com.
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