Treatment of epilepsy in cats and dogs

International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Reports

An international body of vets and scientists have come together to set out unified and standardised guidelines for the research, diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline epilepsy for the first time ever in veterinary medicine.

These 'consensus statements' outline a number of recommendations and classification on all aspects of the condition. [open access articles in BMC Veterinary Research, last accessed 4 May 2015]

Publications from Veterinary Evidence,1(1) Mar 2016

Systematic review: canine epilepsy treatment

dog runningResearchers at the Royal Veterinary College, London, carried out a systematic review evaluating the efficacy of antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of canine idiopathic epilepsy.

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Other references of interest

  • Rundfeldt, Chris (2016) Quality of life of dogs with chronic epilepsy. Veterinary Record, 178(26), pp. 650-651
  • Suiter, E.J., Packer, R.M.A. and Volk, H.A. (2016) Comparing the effects of first line antiepileptic drugs on the gait of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Veterinary Record, 178(26), pp. 652
  • Trevail, Raquel (2015) Canine epilepsy: part two - seizure management drugs. Veterinary Times, 45(14), pp. 24, 26

  • Trevail, Raquel (2015) First steps in managing epilepsy. Veterinary Times, 45(13), pp. 22, 24

  • Penderis, J. and Volk, H. (2015) Idiopathic epilepsy: building relationships with owners. Veterinary Times, 45(9), pp. 20-22

  • Penderis, J. and Volk, H. (2015) Idiopathic epilepsy in dogs - part one: patient approach. Veterinary Times, 45(6), pp. 16-18

  • Packer, R.M.A. et al. (2015) Inter-observer agreement of canine and feline paroxysmal event semiology and classification by veterinary neurology specialists and non-specialists. BMC Veterinary Research, 11:39 doi:10.1186/s12917-015-0356-2 [the difficulty of diagnosing epilepsy from owners' recorded videos] (article available on open access)

  • Rundfeldt, C.; Gasparic, A.; Wlaz, P. (2014) Imepitoin as novel treatment option for canine idiopathic epilepsy: pharmacokinetics, distribution, and metabolism in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 37(5), pp. 421-434

  • Rusbridge, C. (2014) Canine idiopathic epilepsy. (Focus Issue: Seizures in companion animals). In Practice, 36 (suppl.), pp. 17-23

  • Bersan, E. ... et al. (2014) Phenobarbitone-induced haematological abnormalities in idiopathic epileptic dogs: prevalence, risk factors, clinical presentation and outcome. Veterinary Record, 175(10), p. 247

  • Volk, H.A. (2014) Epilepsy treatment - the past, the present and the future. Veterinary Ireland Journal, 4(5), pp. 261-263

  • Martle, V. ... et al. (2014) Non-pharmacological treatment options for refractory epilepsy: an overview of human treatment modalities and their potential utility in dogs. Veterinary Journal, 199(3), pp. 332-339


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