Neurologic

This is a Brain and Spinal Cord condition.

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

What is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

A condition described in the Rhodesian Ridgeback, affected dogs begin to experience seizures at around 6 months of age. Seizures often involve the front half of the body, and seem to occur most commonly when the dog is relaxed or about to fall asleep. Note that while this particular mutation in the DIRAS1 gene has been associated with JME in Rhodesian Ridgebacks, many dogs with epilepsy do not have this mutation, suggesting that epilepsy is a highly complex condition with several potential contributing genetic factors. Please consult with your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing seizures or seizure-like episodes.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Seizures often involve the front half of the body, and seem to occur most commonly when the dog is relaxed or about to fall asleep. Affected dogs will appear normal between episodes.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs can develop at 6 weeks to 18 months of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Epilepsy is a diagnosis of exclusion. Seizures can arise secondary to many different disease processes. Before diagnosing your dog with epilepsy, evaluation of any existing inflammation or infection of the brain, a brain tumor, other organ dysfunction, vascular abnormalities such as liver shunts or microvascular dysplasia, and lysosomal storage diseases must be performed

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment for this disorder. Certain medications may be prescribed to control symptoms.

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