Q. how many seizures per week/month/year in a dog would warrant them being put on phenobarbital
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. This depends on the type and duration of the seizures, their cause and the general health of the dog. There is no set number. The veterinarian will weigh the risk of side effects from the medication up against the risk of seizures and will then decide for the least dangerous or damaging option. So if you have an otherwise healthy young dog and he only has a small short seizure once a month, the vet may decide not to put the dog on medication until the amount of seizures increases or the duration increases. You should discuss the pros and cons for your dog with the veterinarian who diagnosed the seizures.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. 2-3 seizures a year usually is an indication to put a dog on epilepsy treatment once other causes of seizure have been ruled out.