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Rectal Administration of Diazepam for Seizure Emergencies

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    November 14, 2022 3:24 PM EST

    Question submitted during Session III of The Canine Epilepsy Summit:

    "We just got a prescription of Diazepam for rectal administration, in case our Husky has another seizure - he started to come out of seizure than started another last two seizures. He has had 17 seizures, 2-7 months apart - no seizure meds. Should we apply Diezapam immediately? It seemed like this may take a minute or so to take affect vs that nasal drug suggested?"

    - Answer provided by a Session III Panelist:

    Yes, you may apply diazepam imediately when you observe a seizure at home. The time to effect can be variable among dogs but, in general, evidence show that intranasal midazolam might be quicker and/or more effective in ceasing the seizure.