FENellaFLEUR Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds



Dachshund Epilepsy

Epilepsy means repeated seizures due to abnormal activity in the brain. It is caused by an abnormality in the brain itself. If seizures occur because of a health problem elsewhere in the body, for example a heart problem, which stops oxygen reaching the brain, this is not epilepsy nor are issues such has Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) to be confused with it. Your vet can do tests to try to find the reason for the epilepsy but in many cases if all the tests come back negative it is simply a conclusion of it must be epilepsy because it isn't anything else that can be tested for. Epilepsy affects around 4 in every hundred dogs and In Dachshunds it is currently thought to be hereditary. To that end if a dog is found to be suffering from epilepsy and or suspected epilepsy it would be highly recommended to no longer use that dog for breeding and possibly it's offspring. Lafora is an inherited form of epilepsy that can affect any breed, but is known to be present in Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshunds. Laforadogs.com has information and support whether you are a breeder, owner or vet. Find out why, when and how to get your dog tested; how to avoid buying or breeding a Lafora affected dog, what the symptoms are; how to get involved in beating this horrible condition. Results of the Lafora Screening programme can be found on the WHDC website

Epilepsy is far too big a subject to be covered in just one page so we encourage you to explore the following links for more detailed information.

Phyllis Croft Foundation for Canine Epilepsy

Canine Epilepsy Website

Canine Epilepsy Resources

AKA - White paper on Epilepsy


WHDC website



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