Epilepsy in dogs is still poorly understood. What causes it? There is a hereditary component but most dogs suffer with what is termed idiopathic epilepsy, meaning nobody has a clue what's behind it.
Just because nobody knows the cause, it doesn't mean there isn't one, does it?
If you don't know what a cause of a problem is, you can only manage it you cannot really treat it. Knowing and understanding a cause opens the door to better treatment, maybe even a cure.
The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine received a grant to try and figure out what the cause might be.
What I find particularly intriguing is that they will be studying the role of intestinal bacteria, Lactobacilli.
Intestinal bacteria has been getting a lot of attention. We are learning how important their role might be and how much impact their function or dysfunction might have on overall health. Could it affect the brain? My dog nutrition course says it can.
I am really curious to see what the research shows.
NC Researchers Earn Grant to Study Canine Epilepsy