Idiopathic Epilepsy Study - German Shepherd Dogs
Neurologists at the AHT are investigating the prevalence and the clinical characteristics of idiopathic epilepsy in German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs). You can help by completing a short questionnaire
for owners of healthy or affected German Shepherds.
This clinical study could help improve the treatment and welfare of affected GSDs - helping dogs already diagnosed with this condition - and will help to recruit well phenotyped cases for a genetic study into idiopathic epilepsy.
Progress made in understanding the genetic basis of epilepsy could help to develop tools for breeders to breed German Shepherd Dogs less likely to be affected by idiopathic epilepsy in the future. The long-term aim of this research is prevention.
You can participate in this research if...
You own a Kennel Club Registered German Shepherd Dog, born in the UK between 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2016.
You can complete the questionnaire even if your German Shepherd Dog has NEVER
had seizures/ fits/ epilepsy.
We need to collect as much information as possible from a wide range of German Shepherd dogs, so your contribution is vital in helping us increase our understanding of idiopathic epilepsy in this breed.
To complete the online survey, please visit: bit.ly/GSDEpilepsy before 01/07/2017.
More information about the surveyThe questionnaire will ask you a few questions about your dog's health. If your dog has epilepsy the questionnaire may take you 15 - 20 mins to complete, if your dog doesn't have epilepsy the questionnaire will only take you a few minutes to complete.
If you experience difficulties completing the online survey, would like a printed copy, or have any further questions about this research, please contact Julia Freeman at the AHT: (email email@example.com or call 01638 552700, Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm).