What's Feeding Those Seizures? An Update on Refractory Canine Epilepsy and the Potential Link to Gastrointestinal Health

September 30, 2017

Date: February 01 - October 24, 2019


Complimentary Registration.Presenter: Karen R. Muana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) Approximately one-third of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy fail to achieve satisfactory seizure controlwith antiepileptic medication, and are considered to have refractory epilepsy. These dogs are atgreater risk of disease-related complications and death associated with their uncontrolled seizures.The mechanisms that lead to refractory epilepsy remain poorly understood. However, there is increasingevidence to suggest that an important interaction exists between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain - the so called microbiota-gut-brain axis that is vital for maintaining homeostasis of the nervous systemand can influence susceptibility to disease.This 45 minute webinar will include discussion of refractory epilepsy in dogs, with a review of its clinical characteristics and our current understanding of the mechanisms that can result in drug resistant seizures. The concept of the microbiota-gut-brain axis will also be introduced, and evidence presented to demonstrate the role that the gastrointestinal system plays in the development and progression of epilepsy and other neurological disorders in humans. Finally, published information on the link between the gastrointestinal tract and epilepsy in dogs will be reviewed, and future directions for research explored.

Event type: Webinar

Event Address: Online - Webinar

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Sponsor: AKC Canine Health Foundation

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