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Fighting epilepsy in dogs and cats

Camera icon Epilepsy is one of the most common diseases diagnosed in dogs and cats. However, to date, drawing comparisons from the vast and various research undertaken has been difficult, and has restricted the ability of pet owners and vets to communicate adequately about pet epilepsy.

As part of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF), the AHT aims to help overcome this issue by standardising epilepsy research, diagnosis and treatment for the first time in veterinary medicine.

So far the task force has published seven consensus statements outlining a common language to be used in the chain of care of canine and feline epilepsy. This includes guidelines to improve care for dogs and cats being treated for epilepsy and a detailed framework and standards for future research and trials, to help push epilepsy research and understanding forward.

This work will help the veterinary profession advance epilepsy treatment, resulting in better care for many animals affected by epilepsy.

Fighting cancer in dogs

Camera icon The AHT is one of just a few veterinary referral centres in the UK to offer all three treatment modalities for cancer: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

We believe there are common misconceptions about radiotherapy treatment among dog owners so we undertook a study to ascertain how owners felt about the quality of life their dog had during, and after, radiotherapy.

We found that radiotherapy was well tolerated by owners and dogs. 86% of those asked were happy that they had pursued radiotherapy, 93% would choose it as a treatment option again and 91% would recommend radiotherapy treatment for dogs to their friends.

One of our veterinary team presented the study results at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress and was awarded a Clinical Abstract Award in recognition of the research. Our results enable vets in general practice to feel confident referring for radiotherapy treatment, and in allaying concerns of worried owners.

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