Published: 20/10/2014 10:36:25
NEW STUDY INTO EPILEPTOID CRAMPING SYNDROME IN NORWICH TERRIERS
THE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED. WE ARE CURRENTLY ANALYSING DATA AND WILL MAKE APPROPRIATE FINDINGS AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU - 1 May 2015
We’re asking Norwich Terrier owners to complete a new questionnaire as part of an investigation to understand an emerging syndrome known as ‘epileptoid cramping’ being seen in the breed.
This syndrome is characterised by episodes of “muscle cramps/spasms” affecting one or more body parts. The episodes generally last from a few to several minutes. Dogs are completely normal in between episodes.
The AHT’s investigation, led by our Head of Neurology, Dr Luisa De Risio, aims to define the clinical characterisation and prevalence of the condition.
If you, a family member or a friend own a Norwich Terrier you can help to increase our understanding of this disease and possibly develop tools for breeders to use to breed future generations of Norwich Terrier that are less likely to be affected.
Luisa explains: “To find out more about the clinical signs of epileptoid cramping syndrome in Norwich Terriers, we have designed a questionnaire. This has been based on the examination of videos of previously affected Norwich Terriers and other information provided by the breed club and owners of affected dogs.”
“We are appealing to owners of Norwich Terriers, to complete an online questionnaire regardless of whether your Norwich terrier has ever been affected or not – it is important we collect questionnaires from Norwich Terriers unaffected by epileptoid cramping as well as affected ones”.
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