Being a parent of an epileptic dog brings big responsibilities and worries: Close observation for seizure activity, daily administration of medications, monitoring for adverse effects, and committing to regular veterinary evaluations. Thanks to My Dog’s Epilepsy, this information is easy to research via the calendar and able to be shared with other members of the family or a veterinarian. The same “log in” can be used for several member of the family, providing a unique shared and synchronized information.
The key features of the app are:
• Video recording and/or upload videos of seizures
• Track your dog’s medication with alerts
• Set veterinarian appointments
• Make relevant on the calendar
• Track seizure events on a calendar
• Ability to download a summary of events and send/show to your veterinarian
Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders both in humans and dogs. Dogs can start developing seizures as young as 6 months of age. Management of this disorder requires lifelong medication, typically twice or three times a day. Therefore, the dog’s owner involvement is vital to a successful outcome. However, caring for a dog with epilepsy is a huge burden on the household. This burden is so important that recent studies have shown that owners are more likely to put their dogs to sleep if they don’t feel their quality of life as a dog owner is satisfactory.
As veterinary neurologist specialist, I recognize this important and demanding involvement but also the lack of seizure description in the veterinary literature compare to human research. Your dog’s epilepsy will help you with medication and doctor’s appointments reminders, will allow you to store valuable information about your dog’s disease and progression. But what is extremely important, it will permit easy video recording of seizure. These video recording will be key to improve the veterinarian’s ability to evaluate the type of seizures your dog is having, the nature of pre and post-ictal event, response to medications AND will help our research on seizure classification.