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My Mini schnauzer age 8 suffered a grand mal seizure yesterday.

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My Mini schnauzer age 8 suffered a grand mal seizure yesterday. It has been followed by petit mal tremors today. Alprazolam seems to have helped during the day, but they are coming back. the vet wants to put her on phenobarbital, but I'm worried about the side effects.
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 injury
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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