I am so happy to read all the comments from those of you who have taken the time to write and express an interest in participating in the epilepsy study. Your willingness to take the time to send a blood sample will make a great difference I hope in finding out more about this horrible disease. All of us with epileptic dogs hope to spare others our anguish as well as hope that we can avoid bringing an afflicted dog unknowingly into our homes and live in the future.
Allison Ruhe is in charge of the study and I have begun forwarding your emails to her as well as sending the instruction form out as quickly as I am able. I am teaching a seminar at clean run through tomorrow and when I get to a real live computer I will put up the files here. I love my iPad but it isn’t easy to manipulate files on it.
Just to clarify a few details on the early takeoff study. That study is one which had it’s inception a short time ago and was initiated by Linda Mecklenburg. Allison Ruhe is also organizing that study but it is more complicated than just sending in blood work. A video of your dogs jumping will need to be analyzed to determine if your dog does indeed have symptoms of early takeoff. A website may be developed and more information will be forthcoming soon on how you can participate.
I hope to be involved in helping with the study as much as I am able. Right now I am collecting names and emails and will be passing them along to those involved in the study. I am sure Linda will update those that she has spoken to in previous months about this same study.
I have been asked about other breeds participating and I believe the hope is that more breeds that have been shown to have a high incidence of early takeoff will also be included. I am not a vet as Linda is, nor a researcher or scientist so many of the questions I have received will need to be answered by experts but I hope I can help get you closer to those experts and us all closer to a diagnosis or understanding of this serious health issue.
I have had a couple great days teaching here in Hartford for Clean Run! Great handlers, great dogs, great dinners:) and lots of fun! One more day to go till I am back home with my dogs and husband and oh yeah….the computer!