People: Holger Volk, Elsa Beltran, Joe Fenn, Rowena Packer

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological brain disease seen in first opinion practice for domestic dogs.

Why get involved?

Medical advances in prevention, detection and management of diseases in veterinary and human medicine depend on clinical trials. Clinical trials are essential to determine if a new test or management works and is safe. Our study is looking at the effects of a diet on their seizure activity and behavioural comorbidities of canine epilepsy.

What we would like from you as part of the trial

  1. A complete clinical history of your dog’s epilepsy.
  2. Willingness to change your dogs diet for 1 year and keep a seizure diary.
  3. You are able to make five appointments at the Queen Mother Hospital at the RVC in Hertfordshire at day 1, then 3, 6, 9 and 12 months later.

What do I get out of it?

  1. A free veterinary check up with clinical and neurological examination at each appointment
  2. Free clinical tests at each appointment including haematology, biochemistry, and serum drug levels
  3. Free brain scan (MRI) if you adhere to the protocol
  4. Free diet for you dog for the duration of the study

How do I get involved?

We are interested in the recruitment of dogs diagnosed with epilepsy. We invite owners of dogs with epilepsy aged over 6 months, of all breeds and cross-breeds to complete this survey.

For more information download the flyer: Diet Trial for Dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy

N.B. If you are selected for enrolment in the study we will contact you after completion of this survey using the contact details provided. We are looking for dogs with recurrent seizures, but which have not had any history of cluster (more than 1 seizure in 24 hours) or status epilepticus (prolonged seizure activity). If in doubt, please do fill in the questionnaire, which is estimated to take 10-20 minutes. We very much appreciate your help in this study. If you have any queries regarding the questions asked or details of the trial, please contact the Clinical Investigation Centre at the RVC (

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