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My dog is a terrier mix about 10 yrs old about 3 yrs ago he

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My dog is a terrier mix about 10 yrs old about 3 yrs ago he started having seizures.They don't happen very often I didn't think there was any thing could be done,but was told recently there are meds that can help. He is my baby but can't afford big time tests can you give me advice on what to do and how much it could cost
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Buddy's problem with seizures. How often is he having seizures? There are several different medications that can be used to treat seizures in dogs. We usually start the medication if they are having 1 or more seizures per month or the seizures last a very long time. There are several different medications that can be used to treat the seizures. Some of the medications themselves aren't too expensive but getting them started can cost some money because we like to do bloodwork beforehand to make sure there aren't any liver issues that could be causing seizures, and then with some of the medications we need to monitor the levels in the blood. This article discusses seizures in more detial.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560

The most common drug used is phenobarbital, you can see more info about it here:http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=522

Whether or not Buddy needs to start on a medication depends on how often and severe his seizures are. If he is having one mild seizure every few months, I probably would not start him on medication. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

If you have any other questions about Buddy, please let me know! If my response answered your question, please take a moment to rate our conversation so we can know you were satisfied with your answer. Thank you!

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Buddy. How is everything going?
Jessica Keay