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Welcome to the Canine Epilepsy Resource Center and Home of the EPIL-K9 List!

Orders for 2018 EPIL-K9 Friends and Family Calendar are now CLOSED

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A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

This website was designed to provide information and support to those who love and care for an epileptic dog (or cat). It is scary to watch your pet have a seizure whether it be a full blown tonic clonic (grand mal), a petit mal or something in between. You feel helpless as an owner and just want to help your pet. The information on this site is provided to do just that. Please use the links on the left and the right to navigate this site.

Please take the time to watch the video below on why dogs have seizures.

It has very good information about why dogs have seizures and it definitely worth watching, especially for people who are new to canine epilepsy. The video is by Mercola and they have a lot of great pet health videos on their main YouTube channel as well as on their pet health channel.

If the video does not work here on the site, the link to it is:

New important article on Rabies Vaccinations:

A good place to start would be to join the Epil-K9 email list. Information about the Epil-K9 list is below.

About the EPIL-K9 All Breed Canine Epilepsy List

Epil-K9, The All Breed Canine Epilepsy List was founded in 1996 by Alicia Wiersma-Aylward. It is now co-owned and managed by: Marion Mitchell, Chris Desmedt, Jeanette Tunstal, Kathy Linder, and Jean Collinson. The purpose of Epil-K9 to is to discuss canine epilepsy and seizures. List members are encouraged to ask questions and/or give information on these disorders according to their experiences. However, suggestions and advice found here are not to be misconstrued as an alternative to personal, professional veterinary care. This forum has been designed to provide a warm, welcoming environment to anyone with a seizuring dog or is interested in this health problem. It is also designed to educate and inform us, so we may better deal with seizures in our animals. Therefore, we strive for a friendly atmosphere of mutual cooperation and understanding. We are a large and very active list, with members from over 20 countries. In addition EPIL-K9, is very fortunate to have veterinarians, including leading veterinary specialists in canine epilepsy on the list sharing their knowledge with us. We hope that you will find the information contained in these pages helpful and informative.

Emma's Memorial Fund


This site is dedicated to the memory of Emma who disappeared from her yard with the gate closed on the evening of March 20th 2007 never to be seen again. She was almost 14. For many years she was known throughout the world as the "Face of Canine Epilepsy" Even though she is now part of the universe, her light still shines into the dark corners of Canine Epilepsy. Dearest Emma you will never be forgotten. you will live on through this site forever.

The Neurology Dept of the Vet School at North Carolina State University has set up a Memorial fund for Emma called "Emma's Fund. The fund will be used to help the neurology and genetics dept with small projects or pieces of equipment.

Information about Emma's Memorial Fund

2015 Update from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences about Emma's Fund

2011 Update from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences about Emma's Fund

Article from the Fall Issue, Magazine for the NCU College of Veterinary Medicine


Canine Epilepsy Symposium 2017

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2017 Canine Epilepsy Symposium designed for owners of pets with epilepsy. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00am - 1:30pm at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Please CLICK HERE to download a flyer that contains more information.

Pre-registration link is now available.

This program is made possible by funding from the Archie Fund, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundaton.

Impacts of Epilepsy of Dogs on their Caregivers

New research article from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Click here to download a PDF of the article

What's Wrong With Gibson?

Awarded "Best in Print" in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by American Pet Magazine

Dorothy Wills-Raftery, owner of the FiveSibes™, has written a children's book explaining canine epilepsy. The book is called What's Wrong With Gibson? and is available for $10.95 + S&H. This is the first book in a series of books featuring the FiveSibes™. From the website: The FiveSibes™ Tales are a collection of beautifully illustrated short story books about the lives of five Siberian Husky dogs living and learning together. These are short, easy to read stories beautifully illustrated with fun characters that will appeal to the child in everyone!

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to support Canine Epilepsy research, information & valuable resources through The Canine Epilepsy Resources.

For more information and how to order the book.


EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy

Author Dorothy Wills-Raftery, owner of the FiveSibes™ and host of "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show, has written a second book on canine epilepsy. The book is called EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy and is available for a limited sale price of $39.95 + S&H. (Retails for $49.95).EPIc Dog Tales is a collection of truly inspiring and heartfelt stories about dogs who have lived/are living with canine epilepsy and how they do not let seizures get in their way of living life to the fullest. The book also contains a  valuable library of online resources and information available to help navigate the sometimes stormy waters of canine epilepsy.

A portion of proceeds from the book will be donated to support canine epilepsy research, information & valuable resources through the Canine Epilepsy Resources, Epil-K9 Foundation, and NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Neurology Department.

For more information and how to order the book.

The Sibe Vibe Welcomes Marion Mitchell from Canine Epilepsy Resources

Join the host of The Sibe Vibe Podcast, Dorothy Wills-Raftery as she interviews Marion Mitchell of the non-profit Canine Epilepsy Resources (

On this episode Dorothy and Marion have an in-depth discussion about all things relating to canine epilepsy including: the types of seizures, the treatments–both holistic and medications, the importance of diet, quality of life for epi-dogs and some of the alternative treatments available for dogs with this disease. Marion also discusses Emma's Fund, the Canine Epilepsy Resources website, and the Epil-K9 support list.

You can listen using the widget below, or click here for the link to the page. Podcast is also available for download on iTunes (Release date 11/11/12).

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The following episode of The Sibe Vibe Podcast may be of interest as it has mentions of Canine Epilepsy Resources, Epil-K9 List, and Emma's Fund, and features Dr. Karen R. Muñana, Professor of Neurology, veterinarian, and author of over 70 works on veterinary neurology; and Julie Ann Nettifee Osborne, a Licensed Veterinarian Technician with Neurology specialty, and author; both from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Page last update: 11/01/2017

Fund-Raising Projects for
Anti Epileptic Drug Research
and DNA Epilepsy Research

What's Wrong With Gibson?
Children's illustrated story
book about canine epilepsy.
Percentage of proceeds will be
donated to support canine
epilepsy research. Click
graphic above to order!