17-12-2007, 10:03 PM
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Bucks
Calling all Epileptic Labs, your breed needs you!
In Novenber the KC held a breeders Symposium, at least in part about Epilepsy.
There was not a lot of info about the management of Epilepsy, being a breeders symposium the accent was more on prevention. They have been looking at modes of inheritance, and it would appear that it could well be different in the various breeds. In Labradors it's now thought it "May" be a polygenic recessive. Not that this helps the owner of the Epileptic dog, but it does bring us a step nearer to a DNA test, and that brings me to the reason for this post.
Research scientists at the Animal Health Trust, together with others in Europe are hunting through the genome to find the gene sequence responsible, and if found it will enable us to eliminate at least this form of epilepsy. What they are doing is comparing the genome of clear dogs with the genome of affected dogs, and this is where you come in. They are looking for DNA samples, either blood sample or cheek Swab from dogs suffering from Epilepsy. Cheek swabs are easy and something you can do yourself at home. (I did cheek swabs from Anna for the HD research.)
If you think you might be able to help please contact either:-
Cathryn Mellersh (firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan McLaughlin (email@example.com
You never know, you may be helping to prevent other Labradors from suffering from this.
Regards to you all, John