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She is on Rimadyl and now she is having seizures. Is it ok

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She is on Rimadyl and now she is having seizures. Is it ok to give her diazepam?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Baby 14
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Baby?
Customer: waiting on tests done for problems breathing. Lungs looked bad on xray. Also she cannot walk on her right side.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Baby. Diazepam can be useful as a "helper" anticonvulsive drug; in other words, in conjunction with an anticonvulsive drug such as phenobarbital, levetiracetam, or zonisamide. It's also given rectally when a patient has a "break through" seizure in spite of being given one of those anticonvulsive drugs. Dosing is usually initiated at 0.25 mg/lb but when given intravenously large amounts are often dosed until seizure activity abates. It's not a primary anticonvulsive, however, and so not expected to be completely effective when given orally as the sole anticonvulsive drug.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Well, I had the Diazepam for my other dog and I am waiting to take her to the Dr. Just wanted to know if it will hurt to give it to her before we go.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

It's a very safe and well-tolerated drug. It could potentially confound her vet's examination of her, however, because she's likely to become quite sedate. If that's not an issue, I see no problem with dosing Baby with it. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you Dr. Salkin
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

You're quite welcome. My best to Baby.

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