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My large dog St. Bernard/ Bernese Mountain , is getting fits

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My large dog St. Bernard/ Bernese Mountain , is getting fits on average every 2 weeks. They last under 1 min. and he recovers fully. He is now two years old . Is there a tablet for this or do you suggest injection. Bill.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Dan M. replied 3 years ago.
Hi Bill,

I am sorry Robbo is having fits.

Firstly, the cause of the fits needs to be identified. Seizures in dogs can be caused by epilepsy (most likely in a young dog). But other causes include historic head injury, metabolic disease, heart disease, liver disease and so on.

If a diagnosis of epilepsy is assumed then a seizure frequency of one a fortnight is enough to warrant medication. There is no injection that stops fits and initially the usual medication used is either phenobarbitone or a newer drug Imepitoin which is showing great results with a much improved safety profile than phenobarbitone.

Some epileptics require multi drug treatment but initially and usually good control is achieved with single drug treatment. Epilepsy cannot be cured but management can often be good and dogs will lead a normal life with a normal life expectancy.

Robbo would require immediate veterinary attention if he had four or more seizures within 24 hours or if a seizure was lasting longer than 15 minutes.

Good luck

Dan Makin