I Think My Pug Just Had A Seizure: 7 Scary Symptoms and Helpful Steps To Take When That Happens

If you happen to be a proud Pug owner, you will know a thing or two about Pug epileptic attacks. Seeing uncontrollable paddling leg movements, Pug foaming at its mouth, and being non-responsive to its name? Then you might wonder: “I think my Pug just had a seizure.” And you would be correct! Have you heard of PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis)? In case you are a parent of a wrinkle-faced creature, I’m sure you have. This condition is very Pug-specific and affects them in their adolescent stage (anywhere from 1 to 3 years old on average). Very often it is fatal: about 1.5 percent of Pug pals die from it. 

We will talk about it later on in the article. Now, let’s discuss the main signs of a seizure and what to do when your pet has one. 

i think my pug just had a seizure
I Think My Pug Just Had a Seizure

I Think My Pug Just Had A Seizure: Symptoms and What To Do When It Happens


We have already briefly mentioned some of them in the intro, it is time to look at them in more detail. 

Wabbly Walk

All of a sudden you might notice how your Pug bud starts wandering like a “drunk person:” unsteady, weak, and aimless walk that leads to collapse later as a wrinkled pal loses balance.


Having an epileptic attack causes a little wrinkled fella to lose concentration and fall down. If you catch the seizure at the right time, you may help prevent a Pug’s head from hitting a hard surface like a wood floor or a paved road outside. 

Learn more about: Pug’s Neurological Disorders: 3 Main Conditions That Make One Suffering Pug

Leg jerking

You can also spot that your Pug starts making “paddling” movements as if it rows with its legs. These are violent muscle contractions that happen involuntarily and cannot be controlled. 

Mouth Foaming And/Or Salivating

An abnormal brain function can very often cause attacks to be accompanied by excessive salivating and foaming at the dog’s mouth. It will go away just like the seizure itself, and you don’t have to worry about a pet swallowing its tongue. It rarely happens.


You may try to get your pooch’s attention by repeatedly calling its name. However, it might not be responsive at all. It depends on the severity of the attack. 

Accidental Biting

A mutt cannot control anything during a seizure episode, including its chewing reflex. Hence, please refrain from putting anything in your dog’s mouth while it is having convulsions as it can bite you hard unknowingly. 

Uncontrollable Urination And/Or Defecation

Oh yeah, just when you thought it could not get any worse. The bowel movements may not be fully under your pet’s body’s control, therefore accidents may happen. You will just have to clean it up after the seizure subsides as you may not even think about it when you are freaking out at a poor fella’s condition. 

Related Reading: Pug Foaming At Mouth and Shaking &; Causes

What To Do:

Stay Calm

I know it is easier said than done but remember: you are a pet parent responsible for your fur baby’s wellbeing. If you know that you are the emotional OCD type (like the author herself), try to ask somebody else with a “clear head” and strong nerves to help you monitor the situation. We all react differently to the same type of trigger, therefore having someone who can handle stress may come in handy.

Make sure your pet cannot hit its head on anything hard

If you see your pet collapsing, try to throw something soft for its body to land on, or at least gently move its head away from anything sharp.

Call the VET ASAP!

Don’t try to act like your pet’s veterinarian during a seizure episode. You may not fully realize that you are doing more harm than good, so calling an animal care specialist is the most logical, rational idea. Again, if you are too freaked out by what you are observing, ask a family member/friend who is “ironclad” to lend you a hand. 

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Pug seizure


You may be extremely scared when you see a weird, uncontrollable behavior from your Pug and a very logical thought like “I think my Pug just had a seizure” might cross your mind. The main thing when that happens is to stay as calm as you can and try to wait it out. Thankfully, most epilepsies last no longer than 1-3 minutes. In case you notice that the seizure doesn’t subside for a while, you should take your mutt to the vet ASAP. 

Related Reading: Are Pugs Prone To Seizures?


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Family Dog Expert Author

Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.