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Evaluation of the Impacts of Epilepsy in Dogs on Their Caregivers (Original Study)

AbstractEpilepsy is a common problem in dogs, and management of this chronic disorder requires a substantial commitment on the part of the pet owner. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of epilepsy in dogs on their owners, utilizing an online survey tool. A questionnaire was developed to explore a variety of factors, including seizure history, treatment, outcome, quality of life, costs associated with therapy, and sources of support. A total of 225 responses were obtained. The...

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Idiopathic Epilepsy

IDIOPATHIC EPILEPSY William Bush, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology)Bush Veterinary Neurology ServiceFrederick, MD   Epilepsy is thought to affect an estimated 1 in 20 dogs, and aside from being common it is very upsetting to pet owners and potentially life-threatening. Therefore, a useful working understanding is essential for the small animal practitioner. When a patient presents for an episode of odd behavior or movement then three questions must be immediately addressed by the clinician....

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Canine Neurology Clinical Trials – Why the Dog Is Man’s Best Friend

Despite many significant bench-top findings in laboratory animals there has been little progress in improving clinical outcomes for brain tumors and status epilepticus (SE). Veterinary clinical researchers working in tandem with the human research community are making important progress in fostering a mechanistic understanding of human disease—this effort is called translational medicine. Due to the contributions of dogs and their owners we are likely on the brink of significantly better...

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Feline Epilepsy

Epilepsy is defined as recurrent seizures (more than two seizures) in the absence of obvious underlying metabolic/toxic aberrations. Feline epilepsy commonly results from either structural brain disease or yet undefined causes. The latter has been described as primary epilepsy, idiopathic seizures, idiopathic epilepsy, or cryptogenic, presumed symptomatic epilepsy in the past. Confusion in terminology of feline seizures arose when the term idiopathic epilepsy was applied to cats, because the...

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