We have found interesting preliminary results on feeding and epilepsy in the DOGRISK dataset. We will now refine the analyses by selecting individually matched control dogs for each case dog with epilepsy. The controls will be of the same or similar breed, same sex and similar age as the case dog. The possible role of feeding factors in the emergence of epilepsy is easier to detect, when other factors are controlled by matching.
We will send the owners of case and control dogs a link to a questionnaire, in which details on the health status and on the diagnosis and symptoms of epileptic dogs are enquired for. Our aim is to find out whether epilepsy can be prevented by feeding choices.
Results are expected during the year 2016. We wish to thank all the respondents in advance. Your co-operation is essential for the project!