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Dr. Andy, Medical Director
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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My dog 8 and half XXXXX XXXXX started fits 7 months ago his

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My dog 8 and half XXXXX XXXXX started fits 7 months ago his fit is lying on his side with legs paddling for 20/30 seconds then he lies exhausted for a minute and gets up bit disorientated
then fine very rarely he urinates I took to vet where he was blood tested ex rayed and all was fine he wanted me to keep a record which I did (bearing in mind it was fire work and Indian holiday time ) well with the use of an DAB collar and some natural valerian tablets
as he is a very nervy dog his fits ranged 4/6 weeks apart . Then last Wednesday he had a fit the next day 4 short ones separated by approx 4 hours . I took him to the vet where he has been put on phenobarbital twice a day I know about the side effects but do not quite understand them because he is frightened of everything I go to stroke him and he screams yet when I take him for a walk on a lead he is fine but the first day he was not on lead and he ran away did not know what day it was I understand he is disorientated but don't know why he is scared and wondered if there was anything I should do to help him
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.
Welcome! My name is Dr. Andy. I am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.
He is going through a substantial transition on this drug. It can take a few weeks for phenobarbital to equalize in his body, sometimes also resulting in substantial sedation in the beginning.

Sometimes, a small seizure may occur that is not witnessed. Afterwards, a pet can remain disoriented and even anxious or agitated for a few minutes to hours in a period called the post-ictal time after a seizure. So, its possible that may be an issue as well, that should hopefully reduce as the phenobarbital gets stabilized.

Otherwise, it is possible that the behavior change is a result of the drug, but that can improve with time.

I don't believe there is necessarily anything else you should be doing at this time. I would continue to assess him, which may continue to change over the next 7-14 days.

Very sorry that you are running into these concerns. I hope that information has been helpful.
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.
I hope everything is going okay. May I be of any further assistance? I was not sure if my answer was satisfactory.