We have had a small number of reported cases of Idiopathic Epilepsy (IE), this means that after different neurological tests no known cause for the seizures can be found. IE is a complex condition and research is taking place across the world into its origin, whether or not it is a hereditary condition but as yet there are no definitive answers.
The committee understand that this is a stressful condition for both owners and dogs and are here to help in any way we can. We are on the alert for any research or help that is being offered to owners of dogs with IE, below are a few links where you are able to get help from. As well as this we contacted the Animal Health Trust and asked about assisting with IE research and received the following response:
“Many thanks for your interest and offer of sample contribution towards our canine genetic epilepsy research here at the AHT. Samples from any dog affected by an inherited disease are always welcomed, and any accompanying clinical work-up would be very much appreciated.
I can supply swab kits for the purpose of submitting a sample towards research, and please feel free to pass on my contact details.