by Videx on 12 March 2009 - 16:03
Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild "petit mal " to severe "grand mal". There are four basic stages to a seizure: The Prodome: may precede the seizure by hours or days. It is characterized by changes in mood or behaviour. The Aura: signals the start of a seizure. Nervousness, whining, trembling, salivation, affection, wandering, restlessness, hiding and apprehension are all signals. The Ictus, the actual seizure:. A period of intense physical activity usually lasting 45 seconds to 3 minutes. The dog may lose consciousness and fall to the ground. There may be teeth gnashing, frantic thrashing of limbs, excessive drooling, vocalizing, paddling of feet, uncontrollable urination and defecation. The Post Ictus/Ictal: after the seizure, the dog may pace endlessly, appear blind and deaf and eat or drink excessively. The Cause: anything that disrupts normal brain circuitry: Idiopathic Epilepsy: meaning no known cause and possibly inherited. This is also referred to as Primary Epilepsy. Check history of pedigree and make sure your veterinarian has looked for possible underlying factors. Seizures caused by underlying factors are referred to as Secondary Epilepsy. The following tests are advised before a diagnosis of idiopathic/inherited epilepsy is made. continued at: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html
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by Videx on 12 March 2009 - 16:03
Here in the UK the Kennel Club could and should become much more proactive in attempting to eradicate this disease from Pedigree Dogs. The Kennel Club could and should establish through discussion and agreement with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) a procedure which is very simple and would be very effective. The procedure is: Every Pedigree Dog that is diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy by a Veterinary and prescribed treatment for Canine Epilepsy, within the United Kingdom, will result in the details of the Pedigree Dog, being reported to the BVA, who will ensure the information is sent to the Kennel Club. The Kennel Club would then take appropriate action in respect of any Pedigree Dog that has been Veterinary diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy.
by Videx on 12 March 2009 - 20:03
I genuinely fear that breeders here in the UK may be inclined to "turn their thoughts and minds away" or "worry more about the risk of Canine Epilepsy being identified in their Lines, than eradicating this appalling disease"
by Videx on 13 March 2009 - 21:03
by funky munky on 14 March 2009 - 08:03
by Gustav on 14 March 2009 - 12:03
by Videx on 14 March 2009 - 13:03
Whatever the genuine incidence of this disease, it needs to be vigorously tackled in the most fair and direct manner. What can be fairer and more direct than a reporting system of those dogs diagnosed with epilepsy and treated for it, by a Veterinary? This immediately eliminates those dogs that have fits for any other reason. Far too many epileptic dogs are 'hidden' under the number of dogs that have fits for some other reason. The proposal in the first posting above will remove this 'hiding place'.
I am becoming very concerned that more and more references are being made to "maintaining genetic diversity" of "reducing genetic diversity" or "risking genetic diversity" when suggestions are made regarding the serious tackling of canine diseases. These comments appear to advocate a policy of "doing nothing on canine health matters will strengthen canine genetic diversity". I am sure that subconsciously there are canine breeders who wish breeding would be so simple, and so irresponsible.
by Sunsilver on 14 March 2009 - 19:03
ITA, more needs to be done to tackle this disease!
by Videx on 15 March 2009 - 01:03
by Gustav on 15 March 2009 - 02:03