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Epilepsy app for dog owners launches in Europe

Epilepsy Society congratulates the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) on news that their app to help dog owners  improve the lives of pets with epilepsy will soon be translated into seven European languages.

The Pet Epilepsy Tracker, launched in the UK during National Epilepsy Week in May 2015 by the RVC, was developed with Epilepsy Society to map seizures and medication requirements.

Holger Volk, professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the RVC, said the app is a powerful tool in combatting the most common neurological conditions in dogs.

He said: “The main advantage for owners will be the control of an unpredictable and previously uncontrollable disease. Additionally, vets will gain a greater understanding of medication given to a dog, with a record that allows them to spot patterns in seizures.”

Prof Volk explained: “The Pet Epilepsy Tracker will not only make an impact for dogs in Europe, but also for their owners, giving them control back both financially and emotionally. The medication reminders increases an owner’s compliance by informing them how many seizures the dog had, which will, in turn, decrease trips to vets to monitor the disease.”

“There are a few epilepsy apps in the human market, but there was nothing like it for the dog market, until this app. I was proud to have been a part of the project and I am thrilled this app will benefit pet owners in Europe as well as the UK.”

The app will be demonstrated at the 29th Annual Symposium of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology and European College of Veterinary Neurology (ESVN-ECVN) being held in Edinburgh from 15-17 September, where Prof Volk is the co-chair of the scientific programme.

The Pet Epilepsy Tracker app is available to download in English on Google Play and iTunes App Store.

Read about the parallels and differences between canine and human epilepsy and find out how research into one could benefit the other.

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