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AnswerDear Zena,
My German Shepherd puppy has recently been diagnosed with Epilepsy, is it still possible to breed from him?

Holly (Milton Keynes, England)


Dear Holly,

Idiopathic epilepsy is one of the health problems that often plague the German Shepherd Dog, although it is also commonly found in Bernese Mountain Dogs, Keeshonds, St. Bernards, Belgian Sheepdogs, Pugs, Irish Setters, Poodles, American er Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers.

There is a strong likelihood that there may be a genetic basis for idiopathic epilepsy or a predisposition to epilepsy, therefore epileptic animals and their first-degree relatives should not be used for breeding. An ethical breeder is one who will carefully check all of their breeding stock before proceeding.

Idiopathic epilepsy is not curable and long term therapy is often needed. Seizures can usually be controlled by using anticonvulsant that can reduce the frequency and severity.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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