What are seizure bells?


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Dr. Debra, my dog had 3 seizures yesterday – he is 2 ½ hear old Husky cross. This was the first time he ever had seizures. I took him to the local emergency clinic and they did blood work (they said it was normal) and kept him in the hospital for observation and to monitor for more seizures over night. When I just called to check on him – they said he was doing fine – but he did have one more seizure. They did he was resting fine with seizure bells. What does that mean?

Donna Campbell


Hi – thanks for your email. Donna – sorry to hear about your dog. You wrote that he started having seizures yesterday and was admitted to your local emergency clinic for observation. You asked what seizure bells are. Seizure bells are small little jingle bells (commonly used during the holidays on hats and such) that are placed on a collar or price of gauze and tied around a dog's neck or leg. When a seizure starts – the bells jingle alerting staff to your pet's seizure. They bells are harmless and most dogs don't pay any attention to them.

A couple article that might be helpful to you are Seizures in Dogs and Epilepsy in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.