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Alternative Names Phenobarbital. (B546)
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  • Barbiturate, used primarily in the control of seizures, also as a sedative. (B263)

Lagomorphs - Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus - Domestic rabbit:

  • 1-2 mg/kg per day. For control of seizures in the absence of a specific diagnosis, but the prognosis is poor. (J15.28.w1)

Ferrets - Mustela putorius furo - Ferret

  • 2-10 mg/kg per hour as a constant rate infusion (this can be given with diazepam). For the treatment of seizures in ferrets in which blood glucose levels are normal and diazepam is not effective. (B602.11.w11) 
  • Once the seizures are under control, oral phenobarbital 1-2 mg/kg every eight to twelve hours. (B602.11.w11)
  • Phenobarbital 1 - 2 mg/kg orally two or three times a day. (J213.3.w1)

Great apes

  • In adult female Pan paniscus - Bonobo, at body weight 38-42 kg, 100 mg/kg orally twice daily has been used with some initial success. (J2.42.w1) Side effects occurred:
    • Doses of about 120 mg orally twice daily tended to result in lethargy. (J2.42.w1)
    • Abdominal bloating, painful, occurred with doses of 121.5 mg orally twice daily in one bonobo and 150 mg orally twice daily in another bonobo. (J2.42.w1)

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