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Epilepsy Articles

The Road to Hell: Epilepsy and the Australian Shepherd
Picture an elderly woman losing her beloved companion to this horror. Picture a child witnessing his best buddy contorted with seizures. Picture yourself and whatever dog you hold dearest to your heart going through this hell. Is this what you want for our breed?

Slightly over a decade ago the Australian Shepherd community started seeing the first signs that epilepsy might be a concern in the breed. Those signs have expanded to billboards we continued racing in pursuit of other ...


Source: ASHGI
Author: CA Sharp
Posted here: June 15, 2008

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Canine Epilepsy: What It Is, What It Isn’t and What to Do About It
First published in Double Helix Network News, Summer 2002

Lonny woke up to the bed shaking. Having grown up in California, his first groggy thought was, "Earthquake!" He sat up, heart pounding and awake enough to remember he lived in Kansas now. But the bed continued to shake.

Oso, his best buddy and beautiful black tri Aussie lay moaning beside him. Something smelled. Lonny spoke to Oso to reassure him as he fumbled for the bedside light. It flashed on. Beside him Oso conv...


Source: ASHGI
Author: CA Sharp
Posted here: March 20, 2007

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Aussie Genetics Fact Sheet - Epilepsy
Seizures can be caused by a variety of things--injury, as a secondary effect of other disease, or toxic exposure--as well as heredity. If you have a dog that has seizures, the first thing you need to do is establish why it is doing so.

With injury, other disease or toxic exposure, treatment of the primary condition will stop the seizures in most cases, though if the primary condition causes permanent brain damage they may persist. A thorough veterinary work-up should reveal the cause...


Source: ASHGI
Author: CA Sharp
Posted here: March 20, 2007

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