Summer Car Safety

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don't leave dogs in hot cars

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Is it hot where you are? it’s been so here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. So, today I’m reminding people to never leave their good dog in a vehicle in this heat.

You’d think it would be common sense, but people still do leave their good dog alone in a hot car. This should never be done, not even for a few minutes. Every summer dogs suffer heat stroke or die from being left in a car while the owner is away, “for just a few minutes”. A car will turn into an oven on a hot day in mere minutes & that can be fatal to anything inside. Leaving a window open a crack won’t help.

Here’s a simple break down. If it’s 70 F (21 C) outside the car, then inside it will be 90 F (32 C) in just 10 minutes. 80 F (26 C) outside will be 100 F (37 C) inside & 90 F (32 C) outside will be 110 F (43 C).

Your best choice is to leave your good dog home or have someone stay with it & walk it around while you shop. Some people will leave the air conditioning on but in many places it’s not legal to leave a vehicle idling.

If you see a dog in distress in a hot car you need to act quickly. Call the police as they can legally break the window. Or call 310-SPCA (7722) for help. If you feel there is no time then break the window, I should point out this may not be legal where you live but in many places it is. You may have to deal with an irate owner & the police but you’re saving a life.

It’s also important to note that on a very hot day a dog should have access to shade & water at all times. Keep your dog inside if it’s a hot day.

Be smart, remember “just a few minutes” is too long.

CEO Olivia

We’ve yet to hear from the winner of my Barkday Card Drive for the Wally Foundation. If your out there, please check your email & get in touch with me soon. If the prize goes unclaimed I’ll have to pick another winner.

Turmeric, Liver treats & Canine Epilepsy

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Turmeric dog treats

Hello one & all, CEO Olivia here. If you follow me here, on Facebook, or on Instagram you know I live with Canine Epilepsy.

Over the past few months, the frequency of my Grand Mal seizures has dropped considerably. I almost made it to 100 days seizure free. By contrast, for a long time after our house fire I had a Grand Mal every 11 days like clockwork.

My huMom keeps a journal where she tries to record every detail that might have an impact on managing my epilepsy. While reviewing her notes, two things stood out. It may be just a coincidence but then again, maybe we are onto something.

First, for several  months now, I’ve been given Turmeric paste with my meals. HuMom prepares batches of this golden deliciousness at home. It’s very easy to make. Follow the link above for the recipe.

Second, I’ve been eating lots & lots of dried liver treats. Liver is excellent brain food because it is packed with beneficial vitamins & fatty acids.

  • An excellent source of high-quality protein & amino acids
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin C
  • Minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, iron & chromium, some of which are very important for cognitive function & overall brain health.
  • Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K. Liver is the most concentrated source of retinol (preformed vitamin A) found in nature.
  • All of the B vitamins, including choline, B12 and folate, which support methylation, a biochemical process that is very important for a healthy brain.

A final possibility is that our lives have settled down a lot in the past few months. My life has been pretty routine & reasonably free of stress, so this may be also be contributing to my decrease in seizures. My huMom has also read that for humans, smiling is actually good for the brain so she tries to get me to smile a lot by playing, belly rubs & simply engaging & smiling at me a lot.

Whatever is going on I thought it might be helpful to share this information with my fellow epi-warriors. If you google Turmeric & epilepsy you can find a lot of information on the benefits of ingesting turmeric regularly.

Do you have a special diet due to epilepsy? I’d like to know more.

It’s not too late to enter my Barkday card drive for the Wally Foundation. You’ll be donating to a good cause & might win a wooftastic prize package. It is too late for snail mail but you can enter via PayPal. The account is wally@thewallyfoundation.com Just a dollar & leave a note saying, “Olivia’s Barkday”.

Paw here for all the details.

CEO Olivia

 

Soup Bones & Canine Epilepsy

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Olivia playing with Soup Bone

My HuMom used to give me soup bones to chew on. However, it appeared these delicious treats triggered seizures. We did some sniffing about & discovered that HuMom was right, soup bones are a known trigger because they contain high levels of an amino acid called glutamate (different from MSG).

Neurotransmitters are either excitatory or inhibitory, meaning that the receiving neuron will be either be stimulated to fire or silenced. The main excitatory neurotransmitter is glutamate. So ingesting high concentrations of glutamate contained in a soup bone or broth made from soup bones can raise levels in the brain causing neurons to become hyper-excited & a seizure may result. In humans high levels of glutamate has also been linked to brain fog, migraine headaches, dramatic mood swings, & nervous tics.

Unfortunately most of what we sniffed out was more about humans than dogs, but HuMom isn’t taking any risks. I do have my bone that I play with but it’s was thoroughly cleaned out first by my furriends Dio & Grisham, so that only the bone remains. HuMom then packs it with my liver treats & I have a wooftastic time getting the them out.

Here is a short article about glutamate & epilepsy.

Here is an article about canine diet & epilepsy that discuses glutamate

CEO Olivia