Earlier this week, The Kennel Club held its second health-specific webinar for owners and breeders, focussed on canine epilepsy and presented by neurology specialist Professor Holger Volk.
The free webinar was fully subscribed, with over 500 people in attendance. Professor Volk covered several areas intertwined with this prevalent condition, including progression of disease, treatment options, dietary factors, what research has told us to date, and how to support owners and dogs living with epilepsy. A Q&A session was also held, giving attendees a chance to put forward their queries and experiences for discussion.
Epilepsy is known to affect a significant number of breeds, and is identified as a priority condition through The Kennel Club’s Breed Health and Conservation Plan project for some 35 breeds, equivalent to almost 20% of Kennel Club registered dogs. Sadly, there is no known prevention for this disease, but there are tools and resources available to support affected dogs and their owners.
The webinar was recorded and has been disseminated to all attendees, but those who are interested in receiving a copy can email The Kennel Club health team. Hosting this permanently on The Kennel Club’s platforms is also being investigated so that this educational piece is widely accessible.
The Kennel Club plans to hold a full series of freely accessible webinars throughout the year, with another dedicated to its Breed Watch programme being held on Thursday 9 February at 6.30 - 7.30pm GMT. Those interested in this webinar can sign up here, and further details surrounding other upcoming webinars will be released at a later date.