Pet Seizures Specialist Fargo ND

For a dog whose seizures happen less than twice a month, it‘s probably okay to hold off on medication and explore some alternatives. Read on for more information on dog's epileptic seizures.

Stockmen's Veterinary Clinic
(701) 433-1990
802 West Main Ave SE
Fargo, ND
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Airport Animal Hospital
(701) 293-8888
2401 University Dr N
Fargo, ND

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Stockmen's Veterinary Clinic
(701) 433-1990
802 West Main Ave SE
Fargo, ND
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

West Fargo Animal Hospital
(701) 282-2898
730 13TH Ave E
West Fargo, ND

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Elliott Robert DVM
(701) 235-6728
Fargo, ND
 
Southgate Veterinary Hospital
(701) 298-9455
1415 32ND Ave S
Fargo, ND

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West Fargo Animal Hospital
(701) 282-2898
730 13TH Ave E
West Fargo, ND

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Airport Animal Hospital
(701) 293-8888
2401 University Dr N
Fargo, ND

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Southgate Veterinary Hospital
(701) 298-9455
1415 32ND Ave S
Fargo, ND

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Bowman Veterinary Clinic
(701) 523-3234
8701 146th Ave SW
Bowman, ND
 
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Practitioner's Corner—About Pets: Epileptic Seizures

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By Katherine A. Kahn, DVM

Q: My three-year-old beagle has been having epileptic seizures about once a month. Are there any alternatives to putting him on phenobarbital?

A: For a dog like yours, whose seizures happen less than twice a month, it‘s probably okay to hold off on medication and explore some alternatives. (If the seizures become more frequent, though, or last longer than a couple of minutes, be sure to follow up with your vet right away.)

Stressful or exciting events—such as a trip to the groomer—can sometimes trigger seizures. Start keeping a diary of your dog’s daily activities so you can identify the stress points, and then try to minimize them.

Another strategy that might help is to remove any chemicals that can increase the chances of a seizure from your dog’s environment. Let him take a three- to six-month break from flea or tick products, for example, and don’t use pesticides on your lawn or garden (and make sure he doesn’t visit neighbors who do).

Finally, give Chinese herbal medicine a try; some of the preparations may make your dog’s nervous system less sensitive to emotional and environmental triggers. If your dog eventually must take phenobarbital, the herbs can help prevent the drug from harming his liver.

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