Appointments for The Epilepsy Clinic can be made via the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
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.
The Influence of a Diet on Improving Seizure Control in Canines with Idiopathic Epilepsy.
Continuing with research into canine idiopathic epilepsy at the Royal Veterinary College, the Clinical Investigation Centre and the Epilepsy Clinic at the RVC are 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
The influence of diet on epilepsy severity is established in humans, with many diets having been shown to improve seizure control. However, there is little data to support the use of diets in veterinary medicine. A new diet has been developed which could improve the management of epileptic dogs, not only by reducing seizure frequency, but also by decreasing the level of side-effects seen with standard antiepileptic drugs.
To confirm the efficacy of this new diet, we would like to recruit dogs which are suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy.
Dogs which have a seizure frequency of at least three seizures in the last three months.
Dogs receiving phenobarbitone and/or potassium bromide treatment.
For more information on inclusion criteria and client incentives please click the link below.
Metabonomic Study in Epileptic Dogs
Samples 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.