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|Call for Blood Samples from
Aussies affected with Canine Epilepsy…More Affected cases are
Patterson has shared with us that more blood samples are
needed from Aussies affected with canine epilepsy. If you have
a dog with epilepsy and have not submitted a blood sample
please do it NOW! A blood sample from your affected dog is
essential to help the researchers find the genes responsible
and develop a screening test. We can not do it without you!
Canine epilepsy that is idiopathic (primary) epilepsy
means that no underlying cause for the seizures can be found.
We need blood samples from Aussies that suffer from idiopathic
(primary) epilepsy. It is a diagnosis by default meaning that
everything else has to be first ruled out. This usually
includes doing an MRI and spinal tap. Many owners can not
afford these expensive tests so we asked Dr. Patterson what he
recommends. Dr. Patterson says, "As next best. First seizure
at 1-5 years of age, normal basic blood work, normal physical
and neurological exam, and at least 1 month since seizures
First seizure at any age and at least 2 years
since seizures started and normal basic blood work, normal
physical and neurological exam."
For blood sample
submission instructions please go to the link below. We now
link directly to UMN to stay current on updates and there is a
new address to send samples to so please check out our link.
Samples sent to the previous address were still received.
If you have any questions please email us at
Thank you as
always for your unfailing help. Together we can and
defeat this cruel disease!
Submit a Blood
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genes responsible for canine epilepsy and develop a screening
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charitable giving. Toby's Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization. Our Federal Tax Identification number
is 74-3135217. Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest
extent of the law and helps us in our efforts to stop canine
epilepsy. Please check with your employer about a matching
If you would like to make a memorial or
honorary gift to support canine epilepsy research, an
announcement card can be sent to whomever you
We accept donations online (see link below) or
you may mail your check to:
Laguna Niguel , CA 92677
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