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What to Expect During the First Days on Epilepsy Medication for Dogs

Updated: Apr 18

What to Expect During First Days on Epilepsy Medication for Dogs

Dr. Natascha Hedegaard BVetMed MRCVS graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2018. She is passionate about optimising canine health with a holistic approach to veterinary medicine and consideration for the individual patient. Being told your dog needs anti-epileptic medication can be a scary experience. However, understanding what to expect and how to support your pup through this process can make a world of difference. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the general expectations when your dog starts medications aiming to reduce seizure frequency and will offer insights, tips, and encouragement along the way. Please see the medication-specific posts for a more in depth look at potential side effects.

Understanding Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs)

Epilepsy medication for dogs is designed to help control and manage the frequency and severity of seizures. These medications work by regulating the electrical activity in the brain to reduce the likelihood of seizures occurring.


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What to Expect when your Dog with Epilepsy Starts Medication

Starting your dog on seizure medication can be a journey filled with ups and downs. Here's what you can expect along the way:

  1. Initial Adjustment Period: In the beginning, your veterinarian may start your dog on a low dose of medication and gradually increase it over time to achieve the desired effect. During this adjustment period, it's essential to monitor your dog closely for any changes in behavior or side effects.

  2. Monitoring: Your veterinarian will likely recommend regular check-ups and blood tests to monitor your dog's response to the medication and ensure their overall health. Be prepared to schedule follow-up appointments and communicate any concerns or observations with your veterinarian.

  3. Potential Side Effects: Like any medication, seizure medications can sometimes cause side effects in dogs. Common side effects may include drowsiness, wobbliness, increased thirst and urination, changes in appetite and gastrointestinal upset. While most side effects are mild and temporary, it's essential to report any concerning symptoms to your veterinarian.

  4. Patience and Persistence: Finding the right medication and dosage for your dog may take time and patience. We also aid you through Dogileptic to consider holistic lifestyle changes to aid your journey as for some patients, medication alone is not enough or sufficient doses aren't tolerated due to their side effects. With perseverance and dedication, many dogs with epilepsy can achieve good seizure control and enjoy a high quality of life.

Final tips for Supporting Your Dog on Epilepsy Medication

As you embark on this journey with your dog, here are some tips for providing the best possible care and support:

  1. Stick to a Consistent Routine: Establishing a consistent daily routine can help reduce stress and provide stability for your dog, which may help minimize seizure activity.

  2. Administer Medication as Directed: Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully when administering medication to your dog. Be sure to give the medication at the prescribed times and doses to ensure its effectiveness.

  3. Monitor for Changes: Keep a close eye on your dog's behavior, appetite, and overall well-being. If you notice any changes or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian for guidance.

  4. Stay Positive: Remember that you're not alone on this journey. Lean on our community and your veterinarian for support, and celebrate the small victories along the way.


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Conclusion: What to Expect During First Days on Epilepsy Medication for Dogs

While starting your dog on seizure medication may feel overwhelming at first, with the right support and guidance, you can help your furry friend live a happy and fulfilling life. By staying informed, proactive, and patient, you can navigate this journey with confidence and provide the best possible care for your beloved companion.

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