My 4yr old Boston Terrier has started having seizures. is ther anyone that can tell if this is common in the breed and is it treatable?
on Mar 20th 2013
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Seizures are very treatable with medication go to the vet and they will determine the dosage I believe the drug is called Phenobarbital. They will ask you these questions:how many seizures has the dog had, how often do they occur, how long are the seizures. They use this to determine the dosage.
Sandy answered on 3/20/13. Helpful? / 0
Sadly, Boston Terriers are on the list of breeds with a higher than normal occurance of idiopathic epilepsy. While you should have testing done to rule out other causes for her seizures, it is likely the cause will not be found.
Idiopathic epilepsy often is genetically linked in those breeds having above average occurances of the disease so obviously, this dog should not be bred and you should notify her breeders that she has this condition so they can avoid breeding her parents as well.
Phenobarbital, along with other drugs, can be prescribed however, if the seizures are not frequent it is often best to not treat them unless absolutely necessary as the drugs used for treating seizures can have serious side effects as well.
Often there is a trigger that will initiate a seizure such as a certain food, odor, noise, etc. Try to keep a log of the seizures, including duration.
I had an epileptic dog with HW preventatives as one of his triggers. He also seized when given rosemary.