What You Should Know About Epilepsy in Dogs

What You Should Know About Epilepsy in Dogs

There are like, 8 different anticonvulsants in dog medicine these days. And epilepsy is common.

My favorite medicines are usually mild and don’t include Phenobarbital.

However I’m not going to let the dog continue to have spells to avoid it, or to be ‘cool’ and use Keppra to ‘see if it works’ which has been very disappointing and I’ve seen a lot of expensive work ups to figure out why Keppra isn’t reigning in the seizures –  when it’s just not that good.

I like combinations of Gabapentin and diazepam, I like CBD on top of any of that, and I like some zonisamide. Of course I will use Phenobarbital if the above aren’t FAST to control the seizures but even THEN I try and back down the phenobarbital once control has been established.

This document is a thorough treatment for laypersons (among my clients) who want the basics of Epilepsy.


Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.