Focal Epilepsy in the Australian Cattle Dog

Seizures can be a form of focal epilepsy. Epilepsy is a disease that occurs in humans and in many dog breeds. Epilepsy can occur after brain damage (e.g. as a result of an accident), but can also have genetic causes. There has been reported an increase in cramping dogs in the Australian Cattle Dog breed. With specialized neurologists from the University of Zurich, we would like to investigate the genetic cause of hereditary focal epilepsy in the Australian Cattle Dog. The aim of our research is the development of diagnostic tests which allow a reduction of epilepsy cases through targeted breeding planning. For our research we need blood samples from convulsing Australian Cattle Dogs and their relatives. If you would like to participate in our project and provide a blood sample of your dog, please follow the instructions in our leaflet. Send the leaflet together with the blood sample and a copy of the pedigree.