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Monday Mischief: Charles Explains First Aid for Seizures and CHF

Charles here to explain some really important life-saving things to you:

It is always a good idea, before something happens medically, to have a thought about what you should do. Now that I have seizures and collapse sometimes from congestive heart failure, my Mom really needed to learn more about the steps to take if/when bad things happen.

Here is a good article on the basic procedures for several emergency situations: Pet First Aid Basic Procedures

I want to focus on my 2 medical issues: Seizures and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)


  • Please make sure that I am in a safe place. Move me if you have to. I should not be somewhere, like a bed, that I can roll off of.

  • Move me away from toys or other things that might hurt me (even furniture) while I am in the event.

  • Try to keep other animals away so that they don’t bother me (or me scare them).

  • Don’t try to hold me or stop me from doing what my body needs to do.

  • If you have emergency medication, like Diazepam, administer it as soon as I come out of the event.

  • When I come out of the event, if I peed on myself, or did other stuff, just wrap me in a towel or blanket until I know where I am.

  • Make sure there is water nearby because I could be thirsty.

  • I may wander around the house because seizures can be very disorienting to me. Don’t worry but keep me safe.

  • Since I have already been diagnosed with a seizure disorder, contact the Vet if my seizure lasts more than 2 or 3 minutes or if I have a cluster of them.


  • Please make sure that I get my medicines several times a day, because they are keeping me alive. (Furosemide and Pimobendan).

  • Make sure that there is always fresh water around because I get dehydrated.

  • I am pretty stable right now, but if I collapse on my meds, emergency treatment may be required. Don’t wait, get me to the emergency vet if I collapse and do not respond within 30 to 40 seconds of the event.

  • Check if my heart is beating. If it isn’t do the following to resuscitate me:

    • Lay me on my right side on the floor (my heart is located in the lower half of my chest on the left side).

    • With your hands around me, gently press down on my heart (I am little so you don’t need much force).

    • Massage my heart (with your hands around my chest, fingers on the right side, and your thumb on the left side, and compress the chest by squeezing it between your thumb and fingers 100-150 times a minute (because I am so little). Around 80-120 for bigger animals.

    • Keep doing this for about 4 to 5 minutes while on the way to the Vet. Hopefully, you will hear a heartbeat and my breathing will return to normal.

I know that emergency medical treatment is the best way to save my life and the life of other animals with medical issues. But I do want you to know about other serious medical emergencies that happen every day especially, POISONING and EXPOSURE to TOXINS. Please make sure that you learn how to take care of those. You should have the number of your local Animal Poison Control hotline on your fridge (ASPCA # 888-426-4435 (there is a fee for the consultation)).

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on April 17, 2023 in Dogs


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