The Importance of Blood Work

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Dog in a lab coat

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. A few weeks ago I had a visit with my good Vet, Dr. Facey of the Apsley Veterinary Services. While there they took samples of my blood for testing. Regular blood tests are very important to monitor the effect that my medications have on me. My AED’s (anti epileptic drugs) are harsh & over time they can compromise kidney & liver functions & cause other serious health issues.

I’m happy to report I’m in very good health & Dr. Facey was very pleased. I did show a slightly lower than normal level of Lymphocytes (white blood cells) which had my huMom concerned but this may just be normal for me. It may also be because I was excited from the car trip & visit, or it could be a mild infection, regardless, it’s something huMom will follow up on.

Getting blood test results can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information & a lot of it is in medical speak. I found a PDF chart that can help you understand  your good dog’s blood work.

CEO Olivia

Taurine And Epilepsy

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CEo Olivia

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia once again. Today I’m barking out about a supplement called Taurine that my huMom has added to my diet. It can play a vital role in managing my epilepsy.

Taurine is an amino acid that is important in the functioning of the nervous system. It is an anti-convulsant that stabilizes nerve cell membranes. Animal protein is the only source of taurine, meaning you won’t find it in fruits or vegetables, though trace amounts are found in some seeds.

Taurine is released into the brain during an epileptic event. Since it’s an inhibitory compound, it can allay seizures & reduces their frequency. A diet deficient in taurine can possibly cause seizures but it also may contribute to clustering as well. Besides this, taurine is a metabolic transmitter that regulates the blood sugar levels. This is particularly important because incorrect levels of blood sugar are related to a higher incidence of seizures. I can also bark from experience that after a seizure I need to boost my blood sugar. A seizure can be like running an entire marathon.

Taurine also plays an important role in regulating the levels of other amino acids. Levels of amino acids in epileptic dogs are often irregular, so taurine supplements are beneficial. As always, I suggest you consult your good vet before making any dietary changes.

Two things to look for when purchasing a Taurine supplement are, first, that it’s in capsule form (free of binding agents found in pills) & second, the label clearly says it’s just Taurine & free of preservatives.

Both myself & Suzie Q are taking 500mg a day to start, split into two feedings. We get it at breakfast & at dinner. I will be slowly increasing my dosage until I’m taking about 1500mg a day. This is the dosage recommended by Dr. Shawn Messonier, DVM, in his book, The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats(2001). Susan G. Wynn, DVM, & Steven Marsden, DVM, in the Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine, Science & Tradition(2003) also recommend boosting taurine levels in epileptic dogs.

Do you take a taurine supplement? I’d like to know about your experiences with it.

CEO Olivia

PS.  HuMom sends a ‘Thank you’ to the ladies.  She said you know who you are

 

 

Hypersialism in Good Dogs

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A drooling dog
Hello, CEO Olivia here. Today’s topic is a wet one so you made need a towel. BOL! All dogs drool to some degree, it’s just natural. But sometimes it can become an issue. Hypersialism is when a good dog salivates excessively as a result of the saliva glands producing too much saliva. The excessive moisture can lead to inflammation as well as irritation around the dog’s mouth.
Excessive salivation can be caused by a number of things such as
  • infectious diseases
  • Irritation from an object that might be stuck in the mouth
  • An injury to the mouth
  • Certain medications
  • Allergies
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
Some dogs are just drooly by nature & there’s no cause for worry. But if your good dog suddenly appears to be drooling more than usual, you should see your vet as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis.  Your vet will determine the cause & treat it accordingly.
Myself, I’m a lady & ladies don’t drool. Well, not much 😉
CEO Olivia ❤