“Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic Substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild to severe” (Quote Credit: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html).
We are forever grateful for the k9 EPILEPSY community. What is life like with a dog who has Canine Epilepsy? With Rolo some days are completely normal and some are immensely hard especially after & during a seizure, not to mention the constant worrying that comes from me at all times of the day. Pet parents of EPI dogs are strong, they have to be! Having to take care of a life that isn’t just feed, walk, play & sleep can sometimes get exhausting, but the look in their eyes shows that they are forever grateful for all that you do is well worth it. Those nights where you are woken up in the middle of the night because of a seizure and stay awake with them all through the night to console them, than drive to work and work a full day. That is love. We adopted Rolo June 23, 2011 knowing that he had Canine Epilepsy. As soon as we adopted him I joined some EPI Communities on Facebook to chat with other pet parents as well as give and get advice when needed. We became friends with a whole bunch of them instantly! We may have never met but we all have a connection, and its the love for our EPI dogs. If you have an EPI dog check out some of the resources available online and on Facebook. They are so helpful and everyone is so amazing!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Special EPI Days:
March 26th – Purple Day
2nd Monday in February – International Epilepsy Day
August 8th – Ruger’s Paws (a day of kindness, started by EPI Warrior Ruger)
Month of November – Epilepsy Awareness Month
(for more information about any of these days,
email us firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are some of our favorite items available online that donate a portion of their proceeds to help out EPI Dogs, whether it is with research or providing financial assistance and medication. Do you have a company that donates a portion of your proceeds to Canine Epilepsy? Contact us and we will be sure to share it!
Canine Epilepsy Calendar (I spy Rolo!)
This is a big fundraiser and sends donations to Emma’s Fund and The Wally Foundation. The calendars are high quality, glossy and feature real dogs (and their friends) from the EPI-K9 Community. Get yours here –> Click Here
(Photo Credit Below: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com)
Arctichouse Publishing AKA The FiveSibes. Arctichouse Publishing has been very generous with donating proceeds from their EPI items to various Canine Epilepsy Resources. All of their items are available for purchase through their website –> Click Here
EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life with Canine Epilepsy. This book features real life stories & photos about EPI dogs from all around the world including my very own Rolo. A Portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund” which is located at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, so they can continue to do research and trial work in the neurology field as well as Canine Epilepsy.
What’s Wrong With Gibson: This book is perfect to explain to children what Canine Epilepsy is as told by the FiveSibes and their EPI Brother Gibson. A portion of the proceeds from this book are donated to “Emma’s Fund. We did a book review on this a while back. Check it out here –> Click Here
Purple EPI “Live Gib Strong” Bracelets: These comfy silicone bracelets are only $2 each and $1 from each bracelet is donated to various EPI Charitable Organizations. We got ours!
Live Gib Strong T-shirt: Raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy by sporting this adorable shirt around town. Again a portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund”
Knotty Toys for Good Dogs: Knotty toys makes help toys for your pets. They feel hemp is a safe, natural alternative to nylon or synthetics. All of their products are Eco-friendly, all natural, non toxic and handmade in Canada(woot woot!). $1 from each toy sold will be donated to the Wally Foundation. The Wally Foundation provides financial assistance to the owners of canine epileptics and dog rescue groups to obtain medications and veterinary services. These can be purchased here –> Click Here
(Photo Credit: Knotty Toys Facebook Page)
Gibbie Snacks from House Woof Dog Biscuits in Vermont.
Gibbie Snacks are specially formulated for our EPI dogs.A 14oz bag holds handmade small cubed dog treats made with oatmeal, green beans, carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, parsley and lean beef. From every bag sold House Woof will donate $1.00 to the Wally Foundation. To order check out their site –> Click Here
(Photo Credit: http://www.housewoofdogbiscuits.com)
I want to share this piece from Victoria at Blu’s Tale Foundation, She is the EPI mom to Blu. Blu’s Tale Foundation was created to raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy and all that they do is inspiring! You can visit their Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/blustalefoundation
“What is Canine Epilepsy…..
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately. I set up a support group because over Easter 2013 Rob and I went through something we have not been through since and would never want to go through again… Unfortunately many of our facebook friends go through it on a regular basis some every 10 days…. But that weekend taught us a lot and how there is not much out there for Canine Epilepsy, not much support, not much awareness and very little known about it….
So what is Epilepsy…. Epilepsy is a condition, its not a disease and its not an illness. Its not something you can catch, its not something you can cure. Epilepsy is a killer and many pups have sucomed to its curse. If you are lucky you can manage it with medication for how long nobody really knows, but you hope and you pray that you have just enough of the right combination of medication that will keep the seizures at bay without harming your baby. Because the other side to Epilepsy is the medication, some of the medication we have to give to our best friends becomes their enemy, worse than the seizure, some of the medication attacks their livers or their kidneys, so you see for some pups its the medication that takes them away from us. Many owners and pups live with Canine Epilepsy everyday… probably more than you can imagine… But live with it we do… We give our pups the medication they need all hours of night and day, every night and day without fail…. we watch over them constantly, the slightest twitch the slightest move and you watch, you wait. Its like a stalker, or a ticking time bomb, you think you have got rid of it but its always lurking about… Is it now, will it be tonight, will it be tomorrow or next week. You see our pups can not tell us, not one single word, and they never complain. Then out of the blue the seizure hits and you stay close by, you stay up all night to make sure they are ok, you wait and pray no more. When the next one hits you know it is going to be a long day and pray your pup is strong enough get through it. You get your diazepam, your honey, your ice cream, your ice pack, any slight hope that that one thing will give them just enough break so that they can gain the strength to stop that next seizure from coming…. but sometimes the seizures are to strong and fast and this is the time you know you need help. You take your pups to the vets, you know its going to cost the earth but you don’t care you just want the seizures to Stop… They take your baby with loving arms and they do all they can within their power…. You go home you cry, you ask why, you beg for it to stop, that you will both have the strength to get through the night to keep up the fight, you are in the loneliest place ever, you could be surrounded by people but you are alone…. then morning comes and sometimes your fresh start and you pray this is the time that we beat it, but its that one time, the hardest decision you will make in your life… your trusted friend, not very old the seizures have taken hold, and you summon all the courage in the world you know in your heart of hearts what must be done. You hold them tight and tell them they are the best in the world, there is no more fight, be free and collect your silver wings, you have done well my friend but its now time to sleep….
So the next time you are asked what is Canine Epilepsy please say it is a condition not an illness, not much is known, and no cure is found, but that I know the strongest fighters and the most dedicated owners, that fight each and everyday and will never give up the fight until we have won the day.”
(Paragraph & Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/blustalefoundation)
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