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My dog suffers from frequent seizures and has become very

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My dog suffers from frequent seizures and has become very anxious in the last 24 hours due to multiple incidents..I take 10 mg of lexapro and wonder if a) will it hurt him and b) will it help him?
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: He's already on phenobarbital, but he still has this issue occasionally, he's 13 1/2 and his name is***** a retired PO dog and he just can't seem to settle since his last seizure which was at 2345 hours yesterday
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Roy?
Customer: He's hard of hearing and I'm pretty sure blind.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

In regards ***** ***** question, since we can see seizures in dogs for a range of causes (ie epilepsy, brain tumors/bleeds/infections, liver issues etc) and he is already on the Phenobarbital; it would not be ideal to use your own medication with him. As well, Lexapro is not really used in dogs as it has a very small safety range and is more likely to cause more seizures, wobbliness, sedation, tremors, and changes to the heart rate/blood pressure. So, this wouldn't be a safe option for Roy and if he is having more seizures more often, then we'd really want to have him seen by the local vet to test his phenobarbital level to make sure its therapeutic, possible check his liver function to make sure that isn't causing this, and rule out those other brain based concerns. Depending on their findings they can potentially raise his current dose +/- add in further dog safe anti-seizure options (plus make sure you have rectal Diazepam at home to control any that happen) to help counter this for him.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

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