can be a frightening time when your pet is first diagnosed with
a seizure disorder such as epilepsy. It is often valuable to
talk to someone with experience about your feelings and what
you can expect. The websites featured below may be a useful source
of further information and may provide contact with owners who
have been through the same experiences as you. If you are still
uncertain about any aspect of your pet’s treatment then
contact your own vet who will be happy to explain things to you
again - there is so much to take in that it is often not possible
to do it all at the first visit.
Canine Epilepsy Network
The site is provided as a resource for all those concerned with canine epilepsy:
owners and breeders of affected dogs, veterinarians, neurologists, and researchers.
The Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium is a group of scientists from the Animal
Health Trust in the UK and a number of American Universities including
Missouri, Minnesota, and Ohio State who are collaborating to:
DNA samples, phenotype data, and genotype data.
credit for scientific contribution by co-authoring manuscripts.
discoveries into the public domain.
site has an active discussion forum policed by neurology specialists.
If you have general questions about your pet’s condition
you may be able to find the information you need there. Another
useful feature is the searchable database of neurology specialists
in the USA, allowing owners and veterinarians to identify a specialist
in their area. If you would like your pet seen by a neurology
specialist in the UK you will need to ask your own vet to make
a referral for you. Your vet will be happy to do this – all
you need to do is ask.
Canine Epilepsy Resource Center
This is the website of Epil-K9, the All Breed Canine Epilepsy List, founded
in 1996 by Alicia Wiersma-Aylward. It is now co-owned and managed by, Marion
Mitchell, Kathi Dvorak, Anne Coventry, Chris Desmedt & Donna Wilt. The
purpose of Epil-K9 is to discuss canine epilepsy and seizures. List members
are encouraged to ask questions and/or give information on these disorders
according to their experiences. The website has been designed to provide a
warm, welcoming environment to anyone with a seizuring dog. There is a large
and very active list, with members from over 20 countries. In addition there
are a number of veterinary neurology specialists on the list who assist in
answering questions and providing information.
website contains some useful information for owners of epileptic
dogs and is a valuable resource. There is a chat room for members
where you can share your experiences or take comfort from the
experience of others.
website is based in the USA and contains information about
buying drugs direct from compounding pharmacists. Owners
should be aware that in the UK drugs for treating epileptic
pets are only are available from veterinarians or on veterinary
This is a really well put together owner’s site. There is a lot of sensible
and well-referenced information which is updated regularly. If you are a novice
carer for an epileptic pet it provides an insight into first-hand experience.
be aware that if you follow any of these links you will be
leaving this website. Whilst we have made efforts to check
the content of websites we cannot be held responsible for the
accuracy of any information contained on external websites.