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Our 85 lb boxer is on phenobarb and he has become very food

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Our 85 lb boxer is on phenobarb and he has become very food aggressive. Is there anything to suppress his appetite?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, but you'll need to wean Axel off phenobarbital and on to another anticonvulsive such as levetiracetam or zonisamide. Polyphagia (increased hunger) is a known adverse effect of phenobarbital. We don't dose dogs with appetite suppressants such as dieting people might take. Most are amphetamine-based and are poorly tolerated by dogs.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Axel. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin