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What are the possible effects of Topamax on my 33pd Cockapoo

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What are the possible effects of Topamax on my 33pd Cockapoo with Acl injury! Not a good subject for surgery
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

I am sorry to hear that your lad isn't a good surgical candidate for his ACL tear. Still, hopefully your vet and yourself can find a medication plan that can keep him comfortable. In regards ***** ***** Topamax, we do see some potential side effects in some dogs. Mainly, we can see sedation when they first start the drug but this usually is a short term issue. Otherwise, we can see some sensitive stomached dogs have appetite loss, vomiting, drooling, and sometimes that sedation effect can cause wobbliness when walking. So, it is worth trying with him but if he has a sensitive stomach, then consider pre-treating with an antacid (ie Pepcid, Zantac, etc). Or you can also speak to your vet about further medications like Tramadol or oral Bupenorphine. These don't have the anti-inflammatory effects of NSAIDs but are good pain relief for dogs.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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