Emotional Support and Epilepsy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve had a rough few days. The epi monster keeps lurking around the house despite our efforts to chase it off.

Fighting the monster is very draining both on me & my huMom. It takes 24 hour vigilance on her part which often means huMom gets a jolt of anxiety induced adrenaline every time I make a noise. Is the monster back? It also can mean little or no sleep for several days. I’m often attacked while sleeping; most often in the early hours of the morning.

During times like these, my huMom has to be focused & be mindful but that doesn’t mean she’s not emotionally affected.

It may be days after an event before my huMom can take a breath & process her emotions. Fear, anger & a feeling of helplessness all come out. Thankfully she has her journal/book of #*@!! where she writes all the things she doesn’t want out in our universe.  Most importantly she has her humans to talk to. Not just her close furriends but also those in inter-webs who also live with canine epilepsy. Those peeps can especially relate to the fight we are in. It’s through these connections that huMom finds the strength to prepare for our next round, when ever it may be.

If you live with an epileptic dog or cat, or any animal with special needs, you need to remember self care. Talk to someone about your anxieties. Rant & rage if you must. Write, scribble, doodle or copy & paste images in your journal. But what I want to emphasize most is that you are not alone. Having emotional support is very important & there is lots of it out there. Reach out.

CEO Olivia

PS: March 26th is Purple Day ❤  Show Your Support Show Your Purple ❤

Sticks and Bones

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia barking. As I’ve mentioned, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Good dental hygiene is as impawtant to us as it is for you. Today I want to mention a couple of things dogs commonly put in their mouths but in my opinion, maybe we shouldn’t.

Some good dogs like to chew on sticks or bones & their humans may think this is pawfectly fine. Although this is natural behavior, especially for our wild cousins, sticks & bones can be dangerous.

Branches, twigs or sticks splinter when they are gnawed on & those splinters can end up stuck in our mouths, throats or bellies, causing injury or infections. On top of that, sticks are dirty & may have mold or bacteria on them which can be pawsitively yucklicious to us dogs & even some cats but not good for us.

I learned the hard way that bones can be too hard for some dogs. I cracked a tooth while gnawing on a bone. Just like sticks, bones can splinter as well causing the same complications. Dogs love bones & it’s culturally acceptable to give a dog a bone (isn’t there a song about that?) but they can be dangerous.

Obviously there are numerous alternatives to gnawing on sticks or bones. No matter what you chose, be cautious. As I mentioned, I broke a tooth on a bone, huMom’s beloved Destabella got a stick lodged in the roof of her mouth & I’ve sniffed out some scary tales online of good dogs needing surgery to remove splinters. I haven’t shared them because they are dog gone gruesome.

CEO Olivia

It’s National Pet Dental Health Month

Health

Hi everyone, a sparkly toothed CEO Olivia here. It’s February which just happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month.

Just like with yourself, regular dental care is an important part of a good dog or cool cat’s overall health. Gum & tooth problems are a far too common cause of significant health issues in us four leggers. I’m sure you see a dentist regularly, so should your good dog or cool cat. An examination & a possible cleaning at least once a year by your vet is vital to check for early signs of an issue.

I had to have dental surgery last year due to a cracked tooth. While under I got a full cleaning. It was expensive & since then, for me, going to the vet is kind of scary. huMom never wants to put me through that again so she helps me take good care of my teeth.

Regularly brushing of your good dog or cool cat’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth & gums healthy. Most dogs accept brushing, but I hate toothbrushes & cats being cats, can be a bit more resistant – patience & training is key (hint : treats). Daily brushing is best if possible. Brushing several times a week can also be very effective. Simply wiping the teeth & gums with a warm cloth can also be an effective approach for those canines who like me, don’t like brushes to get used to our daily cleaning. Use something we like, like coconut oil instead of doggy toothpaste to help us accustom to this new dental regime.

Next week, I’m going to be offering the chance to beta test a new a natural hemp finger brush for cleaning teeth that my huMom & I have developed & been using since my dental surgery. My vet is super pleased with the results.

On a final note, just the other day we read that every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used in your lifetime is still on the earth, probably in a landfill, and it will be there for thousands of years. Yikes! Thank dog my finger brush bio degrades.

CEO Olivia