The impact of owning a dog, cat, or horse with epilepsy can be significant and as part of ongoing investigations related to epilepsy in animals, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine has developed an online survey to gather information from owners.
“Impacts of Epilepsy in Companion Animals” will collect owner comments on their experiences with various aspects of epilepsy such as the types and frequency of seizures their animals experience, diagnosis of cause, medications being used to control seizures, costs of treatment, and a detailed quality of life assessment for the treated animal.
Information from the survey is expected to support research funding efforts, future clinical activities, clinician knowledge concerning issues owners have in supporting an animal with epilepsy, and suggest ideas for future outreach, education, and research related to epilepsy.
The survey was developed by veterinary technician Julie Nettifee Osborne under the direction of Dr. Karen Munana, professor of neurology, in the Neurology and Neurosurgery Service of the NC State Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.
For more information, contact Julie_osborne@ncsu.edu.
Posted Dec. 8, 2011