An app allowing dog owners to improve the lives of pets with epilepsy will soon be translated into seven European languages.

The RVC’s Pet Epilepsy Tracker app interface.

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

‘Powerful tool’

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.”

Increases compliance

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 ESVN-ECVN being held in Edinburgh from 15-17 September, where Prof Volk is the co-chair of the scientific programme.

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