Sedating dogs at home
Bromide toxicity is uncommon, but can happen without careful monitoring of your dog’s blood levels and your dog’s diet.As a new patient, your dog will be started on a lower dose although if your dog is having severe seizures, the dosage may need rapid adjustment, called a loading dose.
But your veterinarian will monitor your dog’s progress to ensure the level of bromide remains constant and that toxicity is avoided.
It is important to follow all the veterinary suggestions and treatment, and observe your dog and report your dog’s progress to your veterinarian.
If the drug upsets your dog’s stomach, consult the vet and he may suggest you can try giving it with food and/or in two doses.
In the event that you feel your pet is having a severe reaction to the prescribed bromide dose, or in the event that an accidental overdose has occurred, the veterinarian will base his treatment plan on the suspected overdose after viewing clinical signs (neurological signs may be very evident) and performing blood work to evaluate the serum bromide concentration.
It can take up to three to four months for bromide to really begin to work to control your dog’s seizures.
Abnormal behaviour such as your dog becoming irritable or extremely restless can occur when the dose concentrations are more than 2.5 mg/ml – often a reduction in the dosage will correct that condition.