Can a cat be put on long term medication for seizures?

Can a cat be put on long term medication for seizures?

In most cases, if a cat has one seizure he is likely to have another eventually. However, not every cat that has recurring seizures will be put on long-term medication. Because of the stress on the liver that long term anticonvulsant use can cause, the medicine is usually not given to cats whose seizures are more than two months apart.

When did my cat have her first seizure?

Hi, My cat started having first seizure around 10-11 days ago. Started with a 5-6 a day. The vet gave her IV and put her on Phenobarbital. The following days the seizures was becomming more and more frequent, with 1-2 hours in between. As the Phenobarbital wasn’t helping, she’s been given diazepam to control the seizures.

When to take a cat off anticonvulsant medication?

Because of the stress on the liver that long term anticonvulsant use can cause, the medicine is usually not given to cats whose seizures are more than two months apart. If your cat is on long-term medication, he will need regular checkups and blood tests to ensure the medications are not causing other health problems.

How old do cats have to be to have epilepsy?

While Idiopathic Epilepsy is generally a lifelong condition that appears young in dogs and cats – up to about 4 years of age for cats – it is far less common in cats than it is in dogs. Only about 25% of cat seizures are attributed to Idiopathic Epilepsy. Most seizures in cats are caused by brain disease and brain damage.

In most cases, if a cat has one seizure he is likely to have another eventually. However, not every cat that has recurring seizures will be put on long-term medication. Because of the stress on the liver that long term anticonvulsant use can cause, the medicine is usually not given to cats whose seizures are more than two months apart.

What are the symptoms of seizures in cats?

Symptoms Focal seizures in cats produce symptoms that are different from generalized feline seizures. During a focal seizure, your cat may cry loudly as though it is in pain, behave in an aggressive fashion, even if it is not normally an aggressive cat, salivate or drool excessively, and exhibit other atypical behavior.

Because of the stress on the liver that long term anticonvulsant use can cause, the medicine is usually not given to cats whose seizures are more than two months apart. If your cat is on long-term medication, he will need regular checkups and blood tests to ensure the medications are not causing other health problems.

Is it possible for a cat to have epilepsy?

Your cat may suffer from a disease or condition for which treatment is not possible or practical. Your cat may also suffer from idiopathic epilepsy, meaning all known causes for seizures have been eliminated. Cats with frequent recurrent seizures may need to be treated with anticonvulsant medications.