Your source for information, support, treatments and solutions for veterinarians and owners of dogs with



Updated February 2011

Our goal is to provide information on canine epilepsy and other diseases, including canine hypothyroidism, that may cause seizures in dogs. 

Under medications you will find information about a number of medications that are used to control seizures in dogs. Those medications include the more commonly used Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide as well as newer drugs such as Gabapentin and Felbamate. The section on thyroid contains several articles on canine hypothyroidism and the connection between low thyroid and seizures.

Our canine epilepsy section provides information about canine epilepsy, what happens when your dog has a seizure, possible causes of seizures by age, what tests are used to diagnose canine epilepsy, and information from our Guardian Angels on what they would do differently "if they knew then what they know now." 

Our sections on vaccination, environmental and nutritional issues contain the latest information on suggested vaccination protocols and suggestions for boosting your dog's immune system with good nutrition. Our section on Helpful Hints for coping with a dog with canine epilepsy will provide additional information to help you cope with seizures in dogs. There are articles on what to expect and things to do before, during, and after seizure activity. You can also view our members' pages and meet the dogs from whom we get our practical experience. There you can read about the successes we have experienced as well as the heartaches. You will also see that many of our dogs routinely live very normal lives despite epilepsy, and some even participate in competition (agility and obedience) and serve as therapy dogs.

Our advisors are W. Jean Dodds, DVM; W. B. Thomas, DVM, MS; Susan Wynn, DVM, CA; Joanne Carson, Ph.D. and Raymond Peat, Ph.D.

Any information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not to be misconstrued as an alternative to personal and professional veterinary care. Please contact your veterinarian to discuss any changes in your dog's medication or care.

We would be happy to respond personally to your questions on canine epilepsy. We ask, though, that you first go through the Table of Contents carefully, reading every article that applies to you and your dog. You will find that our website will answer many of your questions, as it contains a wealth of information. After you have read pertinent articles on our website, please also check the frequently asked questions page before writing us, as this page will help you find answers to many of your questions. If you still have questions, please click on the angel figure above to send an e-mail.

When you write, it is IMPORTANT that you INCLUDE YOUR DOG'S BREED ON THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR E-MAIL. Begin your message by referring again to your dog's BREED, and tell us also your dog’s WEIGHT, AGE, and any MEDICATIONS he or she may be taking. This information allows us to help you more quickly.

Please note: If this is an emergency, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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