New and Updated Treatment Options for Feline Seizures (1657)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Neurology/Neurosurgery
Saturday |  5:00 PM -  5:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||302A



Heidi Barnes Heller DVM
University of Wisconsin- Madison

Heidi Barnes Heller obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2000. Following graduation she completed a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Heidi obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005. She was the staff neurologist in a private referral hospital outside Chicago Illinois until December 2011, after which point she decided she missed academia and joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in neurology and neurosurgery. Her main area of interest is in seizure management for which she has pioneered development of novel transdermal seizure medication. In her spare time she enjoys time with her 3 kids.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Managing a feline patient with seizures can be very rewarding! Phenobarbital (per os) is the drug of choice for feline seizures regardless of the underlying cause. Recently we showed that 93% of cats, regardless of the cause, obtained seizure control with a phenobarbital level between 15-45 ug/mL. We will discuss new information about phenobarbital serum monitoring, and novel administration options such as transdermal phenobarbital for cats. In this session we will also discuss new anti-seizure medications such as levetiracetam and appropriate uses of second and third anti-seizure medications. Much of the program will be case based allowing practitioners to practice putting the information to immediately use.

Learning Objectives

1. Be able to understand the indications for initiation of seizure management in cats

2. Be comfortable with interpretation of feline serum phenobarbital levels

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