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Treating Epilepsy in Dogs

Even if your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy, he might not require medication. If your dog gets a seizure less than once a month, for instance, the side effects of the medication often aren’t worth it.

Treating Epilepsy in Dogs


Common treatments include phenobarbital, a type of barbiturate, and potassium bromide, a chemical salt used as an anticonvulsant. Side effects can include vomiting, lethargy and dizziness. These medications may lessen the severity and frequency of seizures, but they can’t cure epilepsy.


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