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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My boxer is sleeping much more than usual, panting. shies away

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My boxer is sleeping much more than usual, panting. shies away from rap[id movement . There's more. I lost the chat box, but I am back now
He has epilepsy and is being treated with phenobarbital
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
shies away from sudden noises, he paces when he is awake, with his head down. he loves long walks, but gets tired right away, stumbles.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
we need to know if we should take him to animal emergency.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He takes 1.5 tablets of phenobarbital (PB) per day. Sorry I don't know the dosage. He weighs about 80 lbs. Without the (PB) he has seizures most days.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry, but I really really have to go to the bathroom. I hope you don't come on. But I'll be right back!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My boxer is sleeps much more than usual.. When he is awake, he stumbles, he pants and paces constantly with his head down, and he shies away from rapid movement or sudden noise . He loves long walks, but yesterday and today, he got tired right away.He has epilepsy and is being treated with phenobarbital. He takes 1.5 tablets of phenobarbital (PB) per day. Sorry I don't know the dosage. He weighs about 80 lbs. Without the (PB) he has seizures most days.We need to know if we should take him to animal emergency.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Oh, yes. He continues to eat normally.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How will I know if a answer is coming soon, or if I should wait for e-mail?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Buster's change in mentation (mental status/shying away from rapid movement), abnormal sleeping pattern, aimless pacing (evidence of forebrain disorder), and ataxia (stumbling) suggest incomplete control of epilepsy or perhaps that the diagnosis of epilepsy isn't correct. Any Boxer exhibiting such frequent seizures that are difficult to control should be considered harboring a brain tumor.
A veterinary ER isn't likely to do more than you can do at home and that's to increase his dose of phenobarbital. I recommend increasing the dose to 1.5 tablets twice daily if you've been dosing just once daily. Phenobarbital is a twice daily drug. If you've already been dosing at 1.5 tablets twice daily, increasing to 2 tablets twice daily (a 33% increase) would be prudent. You need to apprise Buster's vet of what you're seeing and about any dosage change.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.