Thank you for your interest in taking part in this new clinical trial. Epilepsy is a complex and often difficult to treat brain disorder, and in people epilepsy is often accompanied by anxiety. In human medicine, recent studies have found that behavioural therapies can improve epilepsy management, but this has yet to be explored in canine epilepsy patients.

This trial is investigating whether behavioural management (in combination with your dog’s normal epilepsy medication regimen), can reduce seizure frequency and improve emotional health including stress and anxiety in dogs with epilepsy.

This trial is a randomised controlled trial in which participants are randomly allocated to one of three groups, including a baseline group so that the different behavioural managements can be compared.

This trial involves two online video calls (using free online software, Zoom), three months apart, about your dog’s behaviour and to undertake some simple behavioural tasks with your dog. The trial will involve you following some simple, daily behavioural advice for your dog for three months (approximately 20-30 minutes per day).

We need UK-based owners of dogs of any breed or cross-breed, who are:
·         aged 1 year to 10 years
·         have been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy (i.e. no identified cause) by a veterinarian
·         have experienced at least three seizures over the past three months.

Please fill out this survey to help us find out if your dog is eligible to take part in this trial, we will ask questions about you, your dog, their epilepsy and behaviour. Once you have registered your interest please look out for an email with further information.

This questionnaire is estimated to take around 20 minutes.

If you have more than one dog with idiopathic epilepsy, only one dog will be able to take part in the trial. Please fill out one questionnaire for your dog which best fits the inclusion criteria. If you are not sure, please fill out two separate questionnaires for each dog and we will assess which one is best suited to the trial.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah at

Data Protection and Consent

The data collected in this questionnaire will be collated and stored at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Only Sarah Hobbs, Dr Rowena Packer, Dr Emily Blackwell (University of Bristol), and Dr Joseph Fenn will have access to the data collected in this questionnaire.

Your data will be anonymised as appropriate, and your contact details will only be used to contact you regarding enrolment onto the trial. Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with GDPR and will not be disclosed to any unauthorised person or body.

This trial has been approved by the RVC Ethics and Welfare Committee (Ref: URN 2020 1966-3).

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