Epilepsy beyond seizures: what do behaviourists need to know?
About the Webinar
This webinar will explore cutting edge research on epilepsy, how it is now being considered a general brain disorder including both seizures and behaviour abnormalities, novel therapies to tackle epilepsy holistically including evidence-based nutritional therapies, and how behaviourists can become a vital part of the team managing epilepsy alongside owners and vets
Epilepsy is the most common chronic brain disease in dogs, affecting around 70,000 dogs in the UK alone. Although several daily medications are available to try and reduce seizure frequency in affected dogs, many continue to seizure long term despite being treated with several drugs.
Canine seizure types include generalised seizures where dogs lose consciousness and convulse, and focal seizures where dogs remain conscious, may be subtle and can be mistaken for behavioural abnormalities.
Common side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) include lethargy, extreme hunger and wobbliness which may compromise quality of life
In addition to seizures, many dogs with epilepsy experience behavioural problems including anxiety, both as a side effect of AEDs and independently as co-morbid disorders
International Canine Behaviourists
Dr Rowena Packer