No One Should Have To Lose a Beloved Family member because of the Cost of Fighting Epilepsy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As I mentioned last week, my huMom & I are always sniffing out information & making connections on the inter webs. We follow several pages & groups that are about Canine Epilepsy.

One topic that almost never comes up is how expensive living with canine epilepsy can be. There is a lot of social stigma about discussing finances & people who are just scraping by are often too embarrassed to discuss their situation.

Many good dogs, myself included must take a cocktail of medications every day. Each one of them is costly. Some epilepsy medications are only available through a compound pharmacy which increases the cost even more. Then there is the added cost of prescription fees. On top of that annual blood work (mine are due this month) is mandatory to monitor the health of Liver & Kidneys. Both organs can be stressed by AEDs (anti epileptic medication).

For some canine epi warriors, emergency runs to an animal hospital happen as well, which can also result in a huge medical bill.

It’s for these reasons we support the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. Their mandate is simple; to offer financial assistance to those who have an epileptic companion animal & are struggling financially. As I’ve stated in previous posts, Rick Selwood, founder & director of the foundation believes no one should have to lose a beloved family member because of the cost of fighting epilepsy.

With this being, “the season of giving”, I’m asking everyone who is able, to make a holiday donation to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. I’m sure it will make you feel absolutely pawsome to know you’ll be helping to keep a family together or helping a lonely senior from being completely alone.

You could start by entering my silent auction. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month & this year I’m observing it by raising money for the Wally Foundation by auctioning off some wooftastic items. All the details are pinned to the top of my Facebook page, “Oh, the life of Olivia“.

If you’d like to simply make a cash donation, you can do it through PayPal.

rselwood1@verizon.net

Many  nose nudges ❤  from me to everyone who pawticipates.

*Please note that I am not a recipient of the Wally Foundation.

CEO Olivia

 

 

My Liver Supplement

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I want to continue my discussion on the supplements I take to help me cope with my AED’s (anti epilepsy drugs) & to keep me in top health. In today’s environment, all good dogs & cool cats can use a little help, not just us epi-warriors.

Today I’m barking about my Liver supplement. My medications can be harsh on my organs, especially my liver. Three times a year, my huMom gives me Liver Tone which is made by Omega Alpha. For healthy dogs & cats, Omega Alpha recommends a twice a year cleanse as sufficient but we do it three times due to my medications.

Urban dogs & cats are exposed to toxins every day. Car fumes, second hand smoke, food contaminants, pesticides & flea, tick & heartworm preparations & common drugs such as anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) just to name a few. They breath in toxins, they absorb them through the skin & ingest them. Eventually the liver has to deal with all these toxins, so a regular cleansing boost is key to a healthy good dog or cool cat.

Our liver is the primary organ for detoxification. In my case, it get’s stressed out by my medications. For example, one of my medications, Potassium Bromide can be described as a salty brine & I take a dose twice a day. Liver Tone is a natural herbal liquid based on both Chinese & western medicine. It provides antioxidants to the liver while it gently cleanses & provides a boost to it’s functions. It helps prevent fatty liver disease & boosts bile excretion.

Every good dog & cool cat will benefit from taking Liver Tone.

CEO Olivia

Note : We have been using Omega Alpha products for several years now & sell their products in our store but we are not being paid to endorse them.  We simply believe in their effectiveness.  My blood work & lab reports support this.

 

The Importance of Blood Work

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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