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Compounding for Pets: Seizures

Compounding for Pets: Seizures

Veterinary Compounding: Anti-Seizure Therapy

Does your pet struggle with seizures?  Is your pet having a difficult time taking their seizure medication? Is your pet’s medication is available in an appropriate strength for their size and weight?  Do they have intolerable side effects to their current seizure medication? Does your pet has other health concerns (liver issues)?  If so, your veterinarian may have a narrowed set of anti-seizure treatment choices available for your pet.  Don’t fear! It is in moments like this that veterinary compounding can help.

What commonly prescribed anti-seizure options are available for pets?

Phenobarbital – Has to be given twice a day and over time may cause liver damage (WebMD).  Also this medication is a controlled substance and not all veterinarians can prescribe it.

Neurontin (gabapentin) – Only available as large tablets or capsules in high doses meant for humans.

Lyrica (pregabalin) – Only available in limited strengths in capsules and is a controlled substance as well. Typically used for humans.

So how can veterinary compounding help my pet?

Neurontin (gabapentin) – We can mix it in a liquid with an appropriate flavor; paying close attention to your pet’s dosing needs. Also we can place your pet’s specific dose into a single capsule simplifying your pet’s regimen.

Potassium Bromide – We can mix it in a liquid with an appropriate flavor; paying close attention to your pet’s dosing needs. Also we can place your pet’s specific dose into a single capsule simplifying your pet’s regimen.  Also, potassium bromide is not processed through your pet’s liver making it an ideal choice for young pet and long term use (WebMD).

What Can Cause Seizures in Dogs?

  • Eating poison
  • Liver disease
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Kidney disease
  • Electrolyte problems
  • Anemia
  • Head injury
  • And other more serious conditions (WebMD).

How would I know if my pet struggles with seizures?

To answer that question, we must first ask few questions. Does your pet exhibit strange unsteady and confused moments (WebMD)? Even though appearing asleep, do their legs shake or paddle in the air (WebMD)? These are very general signs your pet may have had or is having a seizure.  If you are concerned, please contact your veterinarian for more information.

Contact us today to see how we can work with your pet’s veterinarian to determine an appropriate treatment. Although very upsetting to know your pet has a serious health concern, you will be glad to know that your pet has a very caring and dedicated team of professionals ready to help.

Resources:

Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, & What to Do (http://pets.webmd.com/dog-seizure-disorders)

DISCLAIMER
Trinova Health is a licensed pharmacy that only engages in compounding in response to a practitioners prescription. A written prescription from a licensed practitioner is required for compounded medication. The information on the site is general in nature and is only intended for use as an educational tool. You should consult your physician or a Trinova Health pharmacist if you have any specific questions relating to the diagnosis and treatment of any health problems. Information and statements about products and health conditions have not been evaluated by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA approved the products to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.

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