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Genetics

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 9:40 am
by Jennifer and Frankie
Hello,
My mini schnauzer was adopted from a shelter at the age of 16 wks. At 9 motnhs (after tests) he was diagnosied with idopathic epilepsy. Since then I have convienced the shelter to contact the prevous owner who had the sister and parents to my boy. She stated that they were all completly normal and will not take part in research. My question is: Could Frankie's epilepsy still be inherited? and does it skip generations?
Thank you,
Jennifer and Frankie

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 10:24 am
by Ned Patterson DVM
Yes it could be inherited. Most dogs with inherited epilepsy have their first seizures form 6 months to 5 years of age. (There are other causes of seizures in this age group though). In most of the breeds we have studied so far epilepsy appears to be recessive with most parents unaffected, and not all generations affected. See the canine epilepsy basics section for more details on the diagnosis.

[This message has been edited by Ned Patterson DVM (edited 10-24-2001).]