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Neurology

 

Current Studies

Appointments for The Epilepsy Clinic can be made via the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

Image depicting neural pathwaysEpilepsy

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder in dogs and cats. The term "epilepsy" simply refers to the state of recurrent seizures. Seizures are caused by an electrical short-circuit of one or more brain areas which might be followed by contractions of skeletal muscles. In the normal brain, neurons communicate using electrical and chemical signals. Those signals can either be excitatory (activating) or inhibitory. A balance between those two types of signals determines whether neurons will be activated or inhibited. If it is not balanced and neurons are getting more activated more and more neurons fire at the same time, an electrical short-circuit develops and your animal might show seizures.

Epilepsies can have a genetic cause (idiopathic epilepsy), can be symptomatic (secondary epilepsy) - meaning we can identify the underlying cause for the seizures or be cryptogenic. Cryptogenic epileptic seizures are believed to be due to an underlying unidentified brain disease.

Canine idiopathic epilepsy: The influence of a diet on improving seizure control.

Continuing with research into canine idiopathic epilepsy at the Royal Veterinary College, the Clinical Investigation Centre and the Epilepsy Clinic at the RVC is working with a small animal health and wellness company to confirm the efficacy and safety of a novel diet in the management of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy being treated with phenobarbitone and/or potassium bromide.

Download further information on the inluence of a diet on improving seizure control here

How to reduce the impact of neuropathic pain in dogs.

Neuropathic pain (Nep) can be difficult to recognise in animals. One of the key areas on diagnosis and treatment of any illness in pets is recognising the clinical signs associated with the disease itself. In human medicine sensory testing has been used to improve the clinical assessment of patients.

At the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals we are conducting a study using sensory testing to establish if it could be a useful tool in the diagnosis and treatment of Nep in animals. This is a non-invasive and interactive study for both pets and their owners.

Download more inforamation on the study investigating neruopathic pain in dogs here

 

Metabonomic Study in Epileptic Dogs

CanineSamples are being collected from dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy to look for a metabonomic indicator of epilepsy.

It is hoped that information from this study will refine treatment of this disease.

This study is being run alongside the current epilepsy clinic.

 

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