Olivia’s first 30 days on CBD Oil

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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

An Update On Our CEO Olivia

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My name is Olivia. I am a dog who lives with canine epilepsy. I recently have had to adjust one of my medications & I wanted to talk about that today.

A couple of weeks ago I had a visit to the vet for tests. Back in April we lost our home to a fire & since then I have been having Grand Mal seizures almost like clockwork, every 11 days. This is not good management so we needed to do something & that starts with tests.

Before the fire I was doing very well. In fact I was doing so well that we were able to slowly reduced my Phenobarbital dosage from 60mg down to 30mg (twice a day). Soon after the fire I had to increase my Phenobarbital to 45mg. As of yesterday I’ve had to go back to 60mg twice a day.

So far I’ve been adjusting well. The higher dose makes me want to sleep a bit more but that should pass in a few days. I may also experience mild ataxia, but so far that hasn’t happened.

In a few of weeks I’m going to see my neurologist, Dr. Greg Kilburn. My vet has consulted with him many times, but we haven’t met him yet. My HuMom is looking forward to speaking with him.

I’m fortunate that I have a vet who takes an active interest in me & a family who will do what’s needed to keep me in good health. It is my hope that all good dogs are treated as well as I am.

CEO Olivia

Ataxia & Epileptic Meds

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Olivia November 2015

 

Living with canine epilepsy, for me, means taking several medications every day. Some times these medications have unpleasant side effects. One major side effect is called ataxia. Ataxia is the loss of ability to coordinate muscular movement. Although there can be several causes of ataxia, in my case it is the result of the introduction of new medication. Other causes could be a modification of an AED (Anti-epileptic drugs) or a medical condition such as an ear infection or acute cerebellitis. Ataxia could also occur after a seizure.

For the past week since I began my new meds I’ve appeared slightly sedated & have difficulty walking. My legs feel very weak & I look like I’m drunk at times. I don’t understand why I can’t run or play & that has me down. Furthermore, the lack of stability worries my huMom as she has had to keep an eye on me so I don’t fall & injure myself.

My vet says it may take a couple of weeks but others have been told it could take several months to adjust to new medication. After the ataxia phase is over, my huMom will work slowly at increasing my active lifestyle again. We still have our daily walks but not the usual hikes that I so love & we haven’t played with my Knotty Toys for several days.  Until then it’s small walk, lots of rest & massage.

CEO Olivia

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