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Nerves or Normal?

Everyone can usually tell a tale of someone who walks or talks in their sleep. Have you ever seen some of the YouTube clips of pets moving their legs or lips when they are sleeping? – It’s pretty funny!

However sometimes pets show unusual behaviour, and it’s not always easy to tell if the behaviour is normal or not – for example, a seizure. If the pet is sleeping and has some muscle twitches or seems to be making a few leg motions, that behaviour is most likely normal. You should be able to call their name or make some noise, and they should be able to respond or wake up. Signs such as whole body tremors, sudden loss of consciousness or acting sick beforehand are much more severe and can mean that your pet is experiencing a seizure.

Seizures can be very mild and affect only one body part briefly or can happen over and over again. If you see these signs – your pet is behaving in a very unusual manner and cannot seem to stop or will not respond to you – call your vet right away.

In the meantime, make sure that the pet is in a safe place. Keep calm, stay nearby and remove any nearby objects, food or water. You can offer soothing words of reassurance – it’s hard to know how much your pet can hear, but it would be nice to listen to the voice of someone familiar. Once the incident has stopped, your pet should be seen by the vet right away.

If however the seizures continue to happen or the seizure does not stop after 1 minute (yes, do start a timer!), you may require assistance to transport your pet to the hospital. Do not give your pet anything by mouth unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. If you are able, get a video clip of your pet’s incident as seeing the clinical signs can be very helpful for the doctor.

Being informed about what to look for, and what to do, will make you more prepared to help your pet. It’s okay to be nervous – as long as you’re not on your last nerve!

Written by Dr. Rhonda Boulter, DVM

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
- Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Pre-booked tech appointments only).

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic