Although each seizure is emotionally draining for you and you feel like you will always remember every detail, a record of seizures and medication changes is needed to help you and your vet know exactly what is happening with your dog.  It may help you find a pattern to the seizures, a specific trigger that can help avoid them or by providing your veterinarian with an accurate description of the seizure could help determine if there is an underlying cause to the seizures.

Our web site contains a sample seizure record, which can be printed and kept in a notebook along with copies of all lab tests, but any type of record keeping that is convenient for you will work.  The important thing is that the records are complete and accurate.

The following is an explanation of the information to record using our sample seizure and medication record:

1.    Date:  Should be the date of the seizure or medication change.  You can also include lab tests on this form for a quick record of when the last tests were performed.

2.    Current Meds:  List the medications that you are currently giving along with doses and frequency.  Be sure to make an entry for any changes in doses or addition of new medications.

3.    Time:  Note the time the seizure began.

4.    Length:  How long the seizure lasted.

5.    Activity before the seizure:  What was your dog doing right before the seizure began.  Examples would be sleeping, eating, playing, heavy exercise etc.  A pattern of seizures following a specific activity could be a clue to an underlying cause of seizures.

6.    Meds given for seizure:  What medications and dosages did you administer after the seizure?  Examples would be rectal valium, oral valium, phenobarbital, rescue remedy etc.

7.    Description:    Describe the seizure.  Was it a generalized (grand mal) seizure or a focal seizure?  Did your dog lose consciousness?  Give as much detail as possible.

8.    Behavior after:    Did you see any post ictal behavior?  Did your dog pace, appear blind or seem extremely hungry.  List anything out of the ordinary.

9.    Comments:    This portion of the form is provided for you to list any possible seizure triggers or changes in your dogs normal routine.  Entries should include any new cleaning products you used, any lawn treatments, vaccinations, company visiting which may have caused a disruption to your routine, a change in diet or a visit to the vets office.

Your vet should receive an updated copy of your seizure record every time you visit.  Most vets are very appreciative of this, as it helps to streamline your appointment.  The focus of your appointment can be on what is best for your dog, not the taking of history information.

If you are on a trip with your dog be sure to take the log along with you.  If you have to see a vet in another town, it will help tremendously.