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Awesome for seizures/anxiety/pain My 12 year old dog started having episodes of "fly biting" and apparent visual disturbances that would lead to excessive anxiety, panic, panting that would make me nervous watching it and I felt helpless. Knowing the effectiveness of Gapabentin (having used it myself) I insisted on this anti-seizure med to be tried first (once my vet determined seizures were likely the problem). My dog is 50lbs and the vet rx'd 200 mg 3x's per day - WAY TOO MUCH to start. This medication must be increased very slowly, starting w/100mg once per day until you notice the next dose needs to be started. It worked so well and immediately that 100mg worked well for a few weeks, when she showed signs of symptoms, I added the 2nd dose and so on. Now that she is on a therapeutic dose (over a couple months of slowly increasing the dose) about 400mg per day it has helped relax her and works great. It has helped everything including pain in her hips and knee to a degree that is noticeable. I give her the small capsule in a small clump of Gerber or beechnut baby meats - she doesn't even know it is in there and swallows it whole without chewing. I recommend trying this medication before any other anti-seizure medication that has the potential (that gabapentin does NOT) to change personality in a dog, make them aggressive,etc. Try this first! Worked well for me and my dog too, without any personality changes as I knew it would! This medicaiton is under used in pets and not well known, I hope more vets realize what a great medication this is. 03/23/2011
Positive Quality of Life Benefits Jack is my aging 9 year old greyhound rescue. I adopted Jack when he was 2 years old. He is now showing signs of arthritis and possible canine dementia. It's been a year of veterinary care, specialists, and emergency room visits. Jack would not settle down at night, he was loosing weight, he would pant from pain and seemed anxious. Understand that all of his physiological tests results were normal. These tests included: ultra sounds, blood, urine and X-rays. Even vet specialists were stumped by Jack's symptoms. Rimadyl was the best we could come up with as an answer to Jack's pain. It just didn't help him at night with his sleeplessness and anxiety. Jack's vet and I decided to try Gabapentin to help Jack sleep and aid in his pain relief. The very first time Jack took his Gabapentin he calmed down at night and slept through the night. Jack was up and alert the next morning. We are continuing the Rimadyl along with the Gabapentin. Perhaps more vets should look at Gabapentin for the relief of some of the symptoms of canine dementia and arthritis due to aging. This drug has been life altering in a positive way for my precious 9 year old greyhound, Jack. 10/08/2013
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My dog is only ten pounds. Why do you not offer this medication in smaller dosages? It does come in smaller sizes in tablets that can be divided unlike portioning out a capsule. My dog had been on Rimadyl then developed liver tumors (not saying that they are necessarily cause and effect issues) but I'm now leery of this medication given that she almost died with really extraordinarily high liver enzymes until these benign tumors were removed. Wanted to try Metacam but my vet said no and suggested first Rimadyl, then gabapentin thinking that either would be more effective. Your thoughts?
Answer:¬†Unfortunately we do not manufacture prescription medication such as Gabapentin and the smallest dose commercially available is 100mg capsules. You may be able to get the oral solution from a local pharmacy which may be easier to dose. You would need to consult with your veterinarian about the appropriate dose for your dog.
My 90 lb dog takes phenobarbitol 4 tablets of 60mg each daily. I give him 2 in the morning and 2 at night. What would be the dosage if I changed him to primidone or gabapentn? Which medication would be the best change for his seizures?
I have a 26lb dog with back pain. His vet is prescribing gabapentin for life and provides a version of crushed pills in some kind of oil -- 100mg/ml suspension which he asks me to use twice at day at .5mls each application. Can the dosage be approximated with your pills? Could I use a pill crusher and add oil or liquid to make administering things easier?
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