This electrical activity can be manifested in many different ways. The most common types of seizures cause an animal to fall to the side, “paddle” their limbs and lose consciousness. The seizure itself is often called the “ictal phase.” Your pet may salivate/drool excessively, urinate or defecate. The ictal phase may be as brief as several seconds or last several minutes to even hours.
Prior to an episode, your pet may show signs of nausea/vomiting or disorientation. This is called the “pre-ictal phase”. Some pets do not experience this pre-ictal phase at all. After a seizure, your pet may be temporarily blind, disoriented and wobbly on his/her feet. This is called the “post-ictal phase” and may last anywhere from 30 seconds to several days.