I wrote the other day about a nine week old puppy that had had 2 seizures. I spoke with the girl today and she said her vet was going to do some type of bloodwork to see if the seizures were genetic??Can this be done? Would they do that after 2 seizures. I told her to get cbc liver enzymes thyroid and urinalysis. I am by know means any expect with this seizure stuff I am just learning with this episode. By the way the puppy is a Standard Poodle Pup. Any help would be great. I have read alot of sites that a few of you recommended but I did not see anything about a bloodtest that could tell if it is a genetic problem?
Poodleprint - The following is from the PCA (Poodle Club of America). Maybe youcan find something through their links. Hope this helps. Hang in there! Epilepsy Seizures in dogs can be caused by a variety of factors. A common cause of seizures in all varieties of Poodles (as well as 25 or 30 other breeds) is "idiopathic epilepsy." Idiopathic epilepsy generally is inherited, and it can result in either mild or severe seizures. Sometimes, seizures involve episodes of unusual behavior, such as running frantically as if being chased, staggering, or hiding in the bathroom. Although seizures can be frightening to watch, the long-term prognosis for dogs with idiopathic epilepsy generally is very good. Importantly, however, many other factors can cause seizures in dogs besides idiopathic epilepsy. Causes include a variety of metabolic disorders (such as liver disorders), infectious diseases that affect the brain (such as distemper), tumors, exposure to poisons, severe head injuries, and more. The prognosis for seizures due to these other disorders varies depending on the particular disorder and how early it is diagnosed. Thus, when a dog begins to have seizures, it is very important for the dog to receive a thorough diagnostic work-up to determine the cause. The following web site on canine epilepsy covers a wide variety of topics written by both lay persons and epilepsy experts: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com This is an excellent site. However, as with any web site, you should check with a knowledgeable professional before applying any of the information to your own dog. You also are welcome to contact Barbara Licht, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org (who is heading a research project on the genetic basis of idiopathic epilepsy in Poodles) to obtain information on the diagnostic testing that is recommended, treatments, or to learn about her current research. A sampling of earlier internet communications concerning seizures between Dr. Licht and Poodle owners and breeders (all varieties) can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/1686