Page 1 of 1

Studies in Labrador Retrievers?

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:09 am
by kstefek
I'm wondering if there have been any advances in Labrador Retrievers as far as epilepsy and geneitcs? I have a 4 year old epileptic dog who is one of three in his litter of 8 to have seizures. This leads to my next question: He's had five seizures in 16 months, all occuring in spring and fall. I have not yet medicated him, however he's had an increased difficulty recovering from his seizures. Should he be medicated at this point?

Thank you.

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:12 am
by Ned Patterson DVM
There is one scientific study "Jaggy A, Faissler D, Gaillard C (1999). Genetic aspects of idiopathic epilepsy in Labrador retrievers. Journal of Small Animal Practice 40(4):192" that suggests that idiopathic epilepsy in Labrador retrievers is a caused by a number of genes.

As to treatment we cannot give you specific recommendations online, so you should discuss possible treatment with your vet or have them refer you to a veterinary specialist. When to treat depends on on the specific circumstances or your dogs based on a physical,and neurological examinations and bloodwork. General but not absolute guidelines are to consider treatment if seizures are occuring more that every 1-2 months, single seizures last more than 5 minutes or there is more than one seizure in a day without complete recover between the seizures.