Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
Yes, I do agree with your vet about starting anti-seizure medication at this time.
Treatment for seizures
does not necessarily start immediately. A life-long medication like Phenobarbital or Potassium Bromide is considered when:
The seizures last for 4-5 minutes or longer, causing increased concern for brain
If they occur in clusters
If they are increasing in frequency
Yes, there can be side-effects, but I know countless pets that have been on phenobarbital for years!
But! If reluctant to use that drug, potassium bromide CAN be used as a firstline drug for seizure control, and can have fewer side effects.
I hope that information has been helpful.
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