Epilepsy Initiative

The Foundation and the United States Australian Shepherd Association have joined the fight and pledged $25,000 to the AKC Canine Health Foundation Epilepsy Initiative.

First Study

Dr. Sam Nicholas Long, PhD of the University of Melbourne will explore neurostimulation, a ground breaking new treatment option for canine epilepsy. This new, highly sophisticated device is one of the very first that could potentially provide successful therapy only when needed to treat imminent seizures and if it proves successful in dogs it will enter clinical trials in people with epilepsy.

Second Study

Dr. Ned Patterson, DVM, PhD of the University of Minnesota, will evaluate traditional DNA genetic markers, blood biomarkers called microRNAs (miRNAs), and potential new drugs for emergency treatment of seizures in dogs.

Understanding Canine Epilepsy

A resource provided to owners of epileptic dogs by the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

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