Epileptic kitty - a question?
My kitty was diagnosed with epilepsy last April and was put on phenobarbital. We almost thought we would lose him because he was having so many seizures but the medication stopped the seizures and, after adjusting to the meds, he was back to his old self.
For some reason, the vet suggested I taper him off of the meds to see if he does fine without them. It took me two months to completely take him off and, after three weeks of no meds, he had a major seizure that scared me to no end. I rushed him to the Vet hospital and insisted on aggressive treatment. Now he's back on his meds.
However, 1) he's overeating and gaining a lot of weight quickly because of it (this was one of the main symptoms of his epilepsy not being quite controlled) and 2) I'm concerned about the long-term effects of phenobarbital and about his long-term prognosis.
I love the vet but she just doesn't seem to have enough info for me to feel like I fully understand.
Has anyone dealt with epilepsy and phenobarbital? How did your kitty fare? What was his life expectancy? Any other helpful information on this terrible disease greatly appreciated.