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New study sheds light on seizures in dogs
Pugs, basset hounds, boxers, beagles and dogue de Bordeaux had an increased risk of seizures.
Big data highlights risk factors and prevalence

A new study by the Royal Veterinary College suggests that age, breed, sex and bodyweight are all risk factors for seizures in UK dogs.

Using data from VetCompass, researchers identified 3,731 seizure cases from a population of more than 450,000 dogs, which were under primary veterinary care in 2013.

Key findings include:
  • pugs, basset hounds, boxers, beagles and dogue de Bordeaux had an increased risk of seizures, compared to Labrador retrievers
  • breeds with reduced odds of seizures included the shih-tzu, West Highland white terrier, English springer spaniel and cocker spaniel
  • the odds were 2.13 times higher in dogs aged three to under six years, compared to dogs aged six months to under three years
  • dogs younger than six months had reduced odds for seizures
  • trends suggested that seizures were more likely as age increased
  • males, regardless of neutering status, had higher odds of seizures than entire females
  • purebred dogs were 1.28 times more likely to have seizures than crossbred dogs
  • the toy breed group had the highest odds of 1.68 for seizure occurrence, compared to breeds that are not recognised by the Kennel Club
  • dogs with an adult bodyweight of more than 40kg were 1.24 times more likely to have seizures than dogs under 10kg.

Seizures are considered common in dogs but there has been limited information on their occurrence. Most studies have focused on cases classified as epileptic, whereas the latest study explored seizures in general.

Co-author Dr Dan O’Neill said: “This study shows the beauty and the power of Big Data to take our knowledge base on companion animal health to levels that were previously only a dream. These results can greatly assist veterinarians, owners and breeders to improve the welfare of our dogs.”

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RCVS Fellowship applications open

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 Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email 

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.