Epilepsy is a complex, but fairly common disease in dogs, with an estimated 5% affected by the condition. This guide tackles the disease in an holistic way, with expert advice from leading neurological vets running alongside moving case histories and practical tips for coping.
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from epilepsy. It’s often described as an ‘electrical storm’ in the brain, when millions of nerve cells fire together resulting in a seizure. These fits can vary from mild to severe, and can be dangerous for the dog and distressing for the owner to witness. Thankfully, there’s a lot that can be done to help dogs with the disease live a full and happy life.
Whether your dog has just been diagnosed with epilepsy, or has lived with the condition for some time, My Dog has Epilepsy ... but lives life to the full provides the answers to the questions that you’re likely to have about this disease – and shows the way forward.
Packed with practical advice and input from leading neurological vets, this guide is an invaluable companion for owners, with chapters on the different types of seizures; why they happen; the signs to look out for; how to protect your dog from injury during convulsions; the importance of the right diagnosis; treatment options; the role of diet and exercise; and quality of life issues.
FeaturesGive dogs with epilepsy a voice for the first time
Provides expert advice
Comprehensive, with all aspects of epilepsy covered
Includes the latest research and treatments
Written in an easy-to-understand style
Includes high quality photos, illustrations and charts
A vital forum for owners
Optimistic and full of tips for coping with your dog’s epilepsy
Contains useful contacts, and where to find further help and information
About the author
Gill Carrick is an author and feature writer who’s contributed to a range of national newspapers and magazines, in the UK and abroad. A former producer and presenter for BBC radio and TV, Gill hosted her own health programme, which was syndicated to radio stations across the UK.
Gill is particularly interested in the subject of arthritis which she believes is an often overlooked area of concern – for animals, as well as humans.
Her first book on arthritis, Arthritis – The Essential Guide, was published in September 2011. Her second book on the subject, My Dog has Arthritis, but lives life to the full, was published in 2012. My Cat has Arthritis, but lives life to the full, will be published in 2014.