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English Setters with Epilepsy

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:14 pm
by hricher
My English Setter Chaz who is 5 1/2 years old was diagnosed with epilepsy last spring. He had 2 Grand Mal seizures within 10 days and was prescribed Zonisamide afterwards. This drug has worked beautifully for Chaz and he has been seizure free, alert and happy for months now.
Today I found out from the breeder that 2 of Chaz's brothers also have epilepsy and that she had stopped breeding when she realized that her bloodline had been tainted by one of Chaz's great-grandfathers. I will try and find out which one and report back.

Thank you for this resource!!!

Re: English Setters with Epilepsy

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:51 am
by MK's mom
Bravo to her for ending that line for breeding! The trouble is; she has no way of knowing if the grandfather threw the epilepsy or where it came from, but at least she's trying. (Unless of course the grandfather has thrown epilepsy in other litters and this was known already before breeding your litter). I'm also wondering why you didn't know of the littermates who seized until you told her about Chaz? Usually the breeders who aren't trying to hide anything alert ALL the owners of said litter when a problem arises, it sounds like you were kept clueless until your Chaz started seizing, too.

I have Irish Setters..way too many in the breed are seizing, but it doesn't stop some of the breeders from using dogs from known epileptic lines in their breeding programs. I wish a definite test could be developed because until it is too many breeders tend to blame others rather than admitting there might be a problem in their lines.

I hope your kid is doing ok with the zonisamide.