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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My 3yr old cane corps 110lb male has valley fever siezures,

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My 3yr old cane corps 110lb male has valley fever siezures, he's on phenobabital this is his third day and his breathing is a bit labored..should I be concernced or is normal while they are adjusting to the drug
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: He's on phebobarbital and flucozone or however it's spelled also third day, he did receive loading doses and spent 24 he in vet care and we are now at 48hrs siezure free
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I would be concerned about severe pulmonary involvement with valley fever if my patient exhibited labored breathing. Phenobarbital can cause anxiety/agitation when inititating therapy, however, which might be construed as labored breathing. Lethargy, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), and profound depression are also seen but usually abate within the initial week of phenobarbital therapy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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