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