Did you know that approximately 15% of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are carriers for a breed-specific form of epilepsy? Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME), also known as Generalized myoclonic epilepsy with photosensitivity, is a condition in which affected dogs have sudden muscle spasms, often associated with bright light. The seizures resemble jerks or twitches, and often happen as dogs are falling asleep.
Researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for this condition, so that carrier dogs can be identified. Carriers can be safely bred to normal dogs, and genetic diversity can be preserved while eliminating this disease from the breed. CAG is now offering testing for this disease mutation.
To learn more about the JME test, and to see video examples of how the seizures can look, click here.