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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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My 45 lb border collie had a grand mal seizure Friday night.

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My 45 lb border collie had a grand mal seizure Friday night. Lasted about 30 minutes. She has had minor ones before about every two or three months. I am looking for a natural supplement as I know the effects phenobarbital has. Does Nuroplex work?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern. With a grand mal seizure, I would not trust a single supplement on the market for seizure control. The risk for breakthrough seizures and permanent damage is simply to high. No, I would not say Nuroplex is effective in my experience. Some pets have seizures very infrequently, which may give the false impression of effectiveness.
If you are worried about the side-effects of phenobarbital, although it is one of the most respected drugs for seizure control, many vets are starting pets with potassium bromide instead for seizure control. I would definitely review with your vet doing potassium bromide as a starting option.
Too much risk to rely on a natural alternative in my opinion. But, if you were to try a supplement, Nuroplex is quite popular.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Shiloh. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy