Olivia’s first 30 days on CBD Oil

Health

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today is my 30th day of taking CBD oil so I thought my huMom & I should share what we’ve observed so far.

The product I’m taking is a full spectrum hemp oil. It’s called, ‘Heal’ & is made by CBD Dog Health (huMom says: Yes, we sell this product through our online store because we use it for Olivia. But no, we are not paid to endorse it).

The first thing my huMom noticed was my focal seizures are fewer & less intense. In my case they manifest as eye fluttering & head shakes. She reports my head shakes are almost gone. Usually I could have several in a day.

My focus & cognitive abilities have greatly improved. For example, I now bark to come inside, which is new behavior. I’ve barked for many reasons but I never seemed to figure out that barking also works to get a door opened. In the past I’d just stand at the door & wait.

Play time has become more fun too. Normally when huMom throws a toy for me I don’t understand & just stare at her now empty hand. In the past few weeks I’ve figured the game out & now I go after the toy.

Yesterday I was allowed to sit with the humans outside of the fenced yard, off leash & I was super well behaved. I sat on a chair & had a nice nap. Normally I would have to be on leash as I like to wonder off after stinks & don’t focus on huMom’s voice like I should.

I’m sleeping well. My allergies seem to be triggered less. My appetite is same as always.

It’s too soon to tell if the CBD oil is helping me fight the epilepsy monster, however I did fight it off a couple of days ago. Considering we just went through the full moon cycle & the weather has been stormy the last few days, the fact that I had no seizures is pawsitive news.

One thing of note is that my cluster buster, Keppra, seemed to have it’s effects enhanced. I understand CBD can do this when interacting with AED’s (anti epileptic medications). I sometimes have slight ataxia when I take Keppra, but it was more pronounced this time & I had wobbly legs for a while.

My fur sister Suzie Q is also taking the Heal CBD oil for her geriatric aches & pains. Within just a few days she regained a lot of mobility, has much more stamina & her appetite has greatly improved. Her coat is shiny & thick as ever.

As of today, neither huMom nor I have observed any negative effects but clearly there are many positive ones. Both for me & Suzie Q.

In another 30 days huMom will have my blood work done to see what if any effects can be seen under lab analysis. I’ll bark the results when we have them. Our hope is in time we will be able to reduce the dosage of the more harsh medications I need to take & maybe even eliminate one or more of them down the road.

CEO Olivia

Fostering Can Help Shelters During COVID-19

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Like everything else Animal Shelters & Rescues are feeling the effects of the events unfolding. Donations are down & in some places, volunteer visits are restricted.

Donations are always needed, especially now but what would be even more beneficial is adopting or fostering an animal. One less mouth to feed can reduce the financial stress at a shelter or rescue. There are many animals, not just cats & dogs in shelters. Rats, bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs & birds just to name a few.

Consider your neighbors too. Can you foster a pet if their human is hospitalized?

Of course with fostering there is always the risk of becoming a ‘foster failure’. That’s when you fall hopelessly in love with your foster & fully adopt a new best furiend. How horrible. BOL!!!

I encourage anyone who could possibly provide a home for an animal, any animal to do so during these troubling times. It can be a wonderful experience having a four legged companion, one that will enrich your lives.

If you already have a full home, consider making a donation to your local shelter. See if you can volunteer too. Make a call, see how you can help.

I would also ask at this time for you to consider making a donation to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. They are seeing a rising number of requests for financial help as more humans are laid off work. The epilepsy monster doesn’t take a break & AED’s (anti epilepsy drugs) are costly.

Remember, we are all in this together.

Stay home if you’ve been told too.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia

In Times Like These

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’m sure no matter where you are, COVID-19 is either affecting your life or soon will be. People are being told to stay home, which has many scrambling for supplies. Many businesses will be shutting down for a time.

Shelters & rescues may have to suspend adoptions but they still have to care for the animals in their care, which means they still need financial help. I know you must take care of you & your family first. Just don’t forget that animal rescues & shelters still rely on your support.

If you have a neighbor who is elderly or has a compromised immune system & they have a pet, reach out to them. They are the ones most at risk, so maybe you could help them with pet supplies & shopping. In short, be a good neighbor.

Another thing that is very important, especially for those with epilepsy is that you have enough medication on hand to get through this crisis. Don’t put off ordering meds if you think you are low. I understand that most AEDs (anti seizure medications) are controlled substances which means you can only get so much at a time. It may be wise to consult with your vet & pharmacist.  My huMom had this conversation with our clinic just this morning.

Most important, is stay calm. Be kind, practice compassion. Reach out & help if & when you can.

CEO Olivia