A few researchers from the University of Helsinki have identified the genetic cause of epilepsy in dogs. The gene associated with myoclonic epilepsy is DIRAS1 and still very little is known about it, so it is a little difficult to truly help with this condition until this is understood more. It is important to understand more so that a new treatment can be created from it.
This can help dog breeders so that they can test whether one of their dogs has the gene and refrain from passing the gene along to future puppies. It is theorized that 15% of all dogs within the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed carries the gene.
Also, there is no longer a need for dogs to be sedated in order to research epilepsy which is always a good thing.
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