Short Takes

May 2008 Issue

Short Takes: 05/08

Epilepsy drug success; animal shelter assistance; a miraculous homecoming

Studies reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 232, No. 6) suggest that the human anti-epileptic drug, levetiracetam, "is well tolerated in cats and may be used as an adjunct to phenobarbital treatment in cats with idiopathic epilepsy." "Idiopathic" means that the root cause of the epilepsy is not known. And researchers acknowledge that no one knows exactly how levetiracetam works ó just that it is not harmful to a catís liver or kidneys.

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