Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome







What you can expect to learn from this web site which has been dedicated to cecs:


Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome ( CECS or formerly known as "Spike's Disease" ) is a recently recognized canine health problem and hereditary canine disease in Border Terriers. It may previously have been confused with canine epilepsy. It is also being considered to be a metabolic, neurological or muscle  disorder.

Another factor which has contributed to the obscurity of this problem is that some of the cases involved only one or a few episodes. Most of the affected dogs become asymptomatic (without symptoms)  through dietary changes. This web site seeks to provide resources to answer questions and provide links to other groups who also offer support for this disease.

Starting with the History of this canine disorder, you will learn about the background of CECS, which is an important factor in understanding this genetic epileptic like disorder.

Symptoms gives a list of symptoms and descriptions that you might expect to see if your dog is experiencing a CECS episode or seizure.

Though there is no certain way to diagnose your dog as having CECS, studies are being done and blood samples are being gathered and sent to the University of Missouri to aid in finding a DNA marker for this disorder.

There is no 100% method of treating and/or controlling CECS, much information is being gathered to help find answers. If you have a dog you know or suspect has this disorder, please take the time to fill out the newly created survey form.

It is thought that diet might help control the frequency of this disorder as well as severity of the episodes. However, nothing as of yet has been proven to work completely. There are suggestions, however, on the Diet page of things to avoid feeding your dog if he has or is suspected to have CECS.

FAQ's gives a synopsis of information listing symptoms, details on how you can have your dog tested, suggested treatment and control (though not that much is known yet), suggested diet and a list of things to avoid in your dogs diet.

DNA Research is the key to finding the answers to this disorder. We hope you will visit the DNA Research page. There you will find ways you can do your part in helping to find the answers.

We have recently created a survey form to gather specific information regarding CECS. We hope you will take the time to fill out this online form. No mailing required. Just fill out the form, click on the "submit" button and the form will be e-mailed immediately to the party in charge of gathering this important data.

Photos will show you some still photos of dogs actually experiencing a cramping episode.

On the Videos page, there are 7 videos that can be viewed in large or small format. You can also save these videos to your own computer for smoother viewing. They are all of one dog viewing him from the beginning to end of one episode.

Links lists some sites and e-mail addresses which we felt you would find interesting and useful.

Contacts lists Kris Blake's (site owner), Dr. Leichty's and the webmaster's contact information.

We hope that you find this web site to be interesting, informative and helpful in helping you gain a better understanding about this disorder known as Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (formerly known as "Spike's Disease".


No material may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the site owner. The site owner has made every effort to insure the accuracy of its information. The information provided is "as is" with all faults and without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. Advice and suggestions found on this site are not meant to replace professional veterinary care. Please consult your veterinarian before changing your dogs medications or diet.


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