January 13, 2013 - 3:41 pm


Announcing the official launch of the Canine Epilepsy Network web site!

This devastating problem can affect any breed. It is our hope that this site
can provide information for those who have an epileptic dog, or have produced
this problem and the research will help concerned breeders, to eliminate this
problem from their breed, while keeping all the good traits breeders strive

This site, sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Veterinary
Medicine, provides a resource for breeders, owners, veterinarians and
researchers concerned with canine epilepsy.

The site includes:

Basic epilepsy information

An invitation to participate in Canine Health Foundation funded research into
the genetics of inherited epilepsy

Updates on the research

A discussion panel

And links to additional information

We invite you to visit the site at:

We would welcome your comments.

If you need additional information not provided in this site, or have any
questions, please contact me. Thank you in advance for sharing this
information with others in your breed!

Liz Hansen
Co-ordinator of Veterinary Information
Dr. Gary Johnson’s Lab-Dept. of Vet. Path.
209A Connaway Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
573-884-3712 (office)
573-884-5414 (department fax)


  1. Doug Gage says:

    Thank you for this site. My Iris, Chloe had two fits yesterday. It was the most gut and heart-wrenching thing to witness. After losing my last Irish 2 years ago to gastric torsion, I thought for sure I was going to lose Chloe as well.

    When my vet checked her out immediately after she ‘came to’ ( I live 5 minutes from his office ) he noted that her gums were dark. Has this ever been reported as an indicator of an impending seizure, or is it possibly and after-effect ?

    She is currently on Zonisamide (cant remember how much right now).. have studies proved this to be effective ? I read that it is somewhat controversial and that it is not generally used as the ‘go to’ medication, rather it is used if a dog is not tolerant to other treatments ?

    I am hopeful she won’t have another fit for a long time. The information you have provided is very assuring and helpful, and I am grateful to you for it. Both of us are.

    Doug Gage
    Shortsville, NY

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