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Weʼre raising £10,000 to assist owners, with all or part payment, who have dogs with epilepsy that cannot afford medication, hospital or vets bills.

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I am raising funds, not for my family we will NOT profit from this at all, but I need money to start a charity to help owners in the UK who have dogs that suffer with epilepsy. Thank you, in advance, if you are taking the time to read this. It's a very important subject. A donation from 1p to £10 all counts, please donate even if you think it will not because believe me you will help change lives!

Back in January our little boy, aged 21 months at the time, was diagnosed as having 'idiopathic epilepsy' after several frightening seizures. Idiopathic means no cause can be diagnosed during life and no lesions are demonstrable at autopsy. The diagnosis is made by ruling out all extracranial and other intracranial causes. In dogs, this disorder occurs most frequently in certain breeds, particularly Spaniels, German Shepherd Dogs, Bordie Collies, Beagles and Rhodesian Ridgebacks to name but a few, in which it is regarded as an inherited trait. Generalized seizures begin occurring at a young age, typically from 1 to 3 years; the affected dog is otherwise normal. Due to our little boys condition I started a Facebook group in February strictly for the UK (as the parameters are different to global) called Dogs With Epilepsy (UK Only).

It takes a very special person/family to look after an epileptic dog. Watching something you love so dearly and that has become part of the family have awful, frightening seizures is something I cannot explain. I can appreciate this as I am a drug resistant epileptic myself so have 24/7 care from my husband and daughter. For me though there is hope as humans can be put forward as candidates for surgery but this is not so for dogs. A dog cannot tell you if it feels funny or is about to fit, it just happens. I am now experiencing what my daughter and husband have done for years, watching helplessly whilst your dog has a seizure and sometimes not just one but 3 or more in a row this is called a cluster and can be very dangerous. There is also Status Epilepticus defined as a continuous seizure activity lasting longer than 30 minutes or the occurrence of two or more seizures without full recovery of consciousness during the interictal period, that is, between seizures. SUDEP means Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy and the tragic unexpected loss of a dog is always painful. Most of us don’t think of our dogs suddenly dying with no warning, but it does occur. This is why I want to raise funds to start a charity! I do not want another family to lose their pet due to not having sufficient funds or having the pressure that it creates on a family of not being able to access the correct treatment. The majority of insurance companies will not insure a pre-existing condition (such as epilepsy) and if they become epileptic during a policy year the next year's premium hikes drastically.

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    6 months ago
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  • Laura Stone

    Laura Stone

    Aug 3, 2018

    Keep up the good work! Sorry for the late donation.


  • Rebecca Swinfen

    Rebecca Swinfen

    Jul 11, 2018

    Wonderful thing to do. X


  • Tony Townsend

    Tony Townsend

    Jul 11, 2018

    Having "supported" Penny with her diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, for over 10 years until she died in 2015, I know how expensive doggie treatments can become. God luck with your project.


  • Ruby Marshall

    Ruby Marshall

    Jul 10, 2018

    Such a wonderful thing you are doing 💖💞💖


  • Joan Lipkin-Edwards

    Joan Lipkin-Edwards

    Jun 5, 2018

    Wish you and your doggie well - can the dog have medication to control the seizures?


  • Denise Reeves

    Denise Reeves

    Jun 5, 2018

    Well done x


  • Julie Young

    Julie Young

    Jun 4, 2018

    Excellent idea Sarah. Without Roxy's insurance I don't know how we would have managed. I really sympathise with those who don't have insurance or cannot claim.


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Sarah Jayne Lyden-Burke

Sarah Jayne Lyden-Burke

Hi, my name is Sarah! We have a puppy who was diagnosed with 'Idiopathic Epilepsy' back in January 2018. There is not a lot of support out there for families and I would like to start a Charity to help those in need for vets bills, hospitalisation or medication.

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