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Breeds at Risk for Epilepsy

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    October 31, 2017 6:56 AM EDT

    Question submitted by the audience in our recent webinar: What’s Feeding Those Seizures? An Update On Refractory Canine Epilepsy And The Potential Link to Gastrointestinal Health:

    Are Boston terriers on the list of 17 breeds for the heritability?


    Answer by: Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    No, Boston terriers are not a breed in which the heritability of epilepsy has been demonstrated. The dogs in which epilepsy has been shown to be heritable are the Australian Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain dog, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Dalmatian, English Springer Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Golder Retriever, Hungarian Viszla, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Spinone, Labrador Retriever, Lagotto Romagnolo, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Shetland Sheepdog and Standard Poodle (Hulsmeyer et al. BMC Vet Res 2015).