General Health Care

Seizures and Convulsions: First Aid

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A seizure is any sudden and uncontrolled movement of the animal’s body caused by abnormal brain activity. Seizures may be very severe and affect all of the body, or quite mild, affecting only a portion of the pet. The pet may or may not seem conscious or responsive, and may urinate or have a bowel movement.

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Can’t Breathe – First Aid

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Difficulty breathing is also called dyspnea and is a medical emergency. Respiratory distress is recognized by increased effort to breathe; noisy or squeaky breathing; and cyanosis (a bluish tinge to the lips, tongue, and mucous membranes). In cats, breathing with the mouth open (panting like a dog) is a sign of severe distress and should be evaluated by a veterinarian right away.

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Eye Injury – First Aid

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If you notice any of the following: Your pet squinting or protecting an eye Any suspected trauma to the eye Abnormal appearance of the eyeball Excessive redness to the white part of the eye (sclera) Any time the eyelid cannot cover the eyeball You should seek veterinary attention immediately as these signs can indicate potentially serious eye problems that can risk your pet’s vision.

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