AKC Canine Health Foundation has launched a major research effort concerning epilepsy in dogs. For more information see: http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/top-health-concerns/epilepsy .
The Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium (also known as the Canine Epilepsy Network) is a group of scientists who have agreed to collaborate in research efforts to identify epilepsy-causing genetic mutations in dogs. If you have a Sheltie with epilepsy, you can provide DNA samples of the affected dog and its relatives. Participation by dog owners is essential for the success of the research. To learn more about the canine epilepsy research and how to participate, go to: www.canine-epilepsy.net/basics/basics_index.html and click on “Canine Epilepsy Project”. Please note: Although the “Progress to Date” section gives the numbers as of October 31, 2013, the work is STILL active. The information just has just not been updated since then. Owners wishing to submit blood samples from Shelties for this project may be eligible for prepaid shipping labels courtesy of the ASSA Foundation. To request a prepaid label, contact Liz Hansen, Laboratory Coordinator, at the University of Missouri: HansenL@missouri.edu , 573-884-3712, or regular mail (321 Connaway Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211).
The Canine Epilepsy Network is an excellent website with understandable information about epilepsy, its causes, treatments, and living with epileptic dogs. After accessing the main page, click on “Canine Epilepsy Basics”.