Thank you for your interest in Study 2 of the Big Brainy Border Collie Study!

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain characterised by recurrent seizures. This is the most common long-term brain disorder in dogs, affecting around 1 in 111 dogs. We are interested in studying idiopathic epilepsy in the Border Collie as the breed is commonly affected by this condition, and when present, is often severe. Nearly half of all Border Collies with idiopathic epilepsy are affected by cluster seizures (where more than one seizure occurs within 24 hours). Although some dogs respond well to anti-epileptic medication (used to try to reduce the amount of seizures a dog has), the Border Collie is the breed least likely to respond well to these medications. Unfortunately this can result in a shorter life expectancy in Border Collies affected by epilepsy compared to other breeds of dog with epilepsy.

This survey will help us to find out if your dog is eligible to take part in this study, we will ask a few general questions about your dog and their epilepsy (if applicable).

If you have any queries or problems, please email

Data Protection and Consent

The data collected in this questionnaire will be collated and stored at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Only members of the Royal Veterinary College Canine Epilepsy Research Team (Dr Rowena Packer and colleagues) will have access to the data collected as part of this study and all data will be handled in line with General Data Protection Regulation.

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