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Alfie, lafora dog wakes up March 2012

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

Typical morning behaviour - disorientation, ataxia, myoclonus. Alf has had Lafora symptoms since he was 5 years old. For the last 4 years he has been on phenobarbitol which has suppressed the characteristic jerking, full blown epileptic fits, unsteadiness (jerkiness) but still is confused and struggles with mobility..... and of course, the impact of strong epileptic drugs on a small dog is huge - pancreatitis, liver disease, plus the obvious 'drugged up' state.

It is difficult to fully convey in a short video the impact that Lafora has had on Alfie and on his owners, but if you have a healthy dog, bear in mind that it has been like this 24/7 for the last 7 years. You can see what he was like pre-lafora on the video of him body surfing on this channel, or comparing him with my other dog, 4 year old Oscar, who has been tested as unaffected, though we are still awaiting the outcome of tests to identify whether Oscar is a carrier or clear, as he does have some dogs in his pedigree that are also in the background of many affected dogs.

You can read more about lafora at www.laforadogs.org. If you think your dog is affected, or you are thinking of buying a mini wire and want to reduce the risk of buying an affected dog, please contact me and I'll do what I can to help.

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