Welcome to the Canine Epilepsy Resource Center and Home of the EPIL-K9 List!
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: http://youtu.be/ZVnaIujDzqE
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, Alisa Arnoff, Jeanette Tunstal, Kathy Linder, Ally McAvoy, Jean Collinson, and Hety Skyler. 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.
What's Wrong With Gibson?
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.
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 (www.Canine-Epilepsy.com).
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 Canione Epilepsy Resources website, and the Epil-K9 support list.
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.
2011 Update from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences about Emma's Fund
- Assessment of the prevalence and clinical features of cryptogenic epilepsy in dogs: 45 cases (2003-2011): Click to download.
- The pharmacokinetics of midazolam after intravenous, intramuscular and rectal administration in healthy dogs: CLick to download.
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Page last update: 01/18/2015