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

 

A Barkday Card Drive Update

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. My Barkday card drive for the Wally Foundation is well underway. Today I’m excited to tell you even more wooftastic things have been added to the prize pack.

Dorthy Wills-Raftery is donating her award winning book, “What’s Wrong With Gibson”. Written by Dorothy & illustrated by Michelle Littler, this book has short, easy to follow stories & beautiful illustrations,  that both children & adults can enjoy while learning about Canine Epilepsy. Gibson was Dorthy’s brave epi warrior.

But wait there’s more…

Rick Selwood, the Executive Director of the Wally Foundation has told me he will be contributing a surprise gift as well. I pawnder what it is.

Please join in & help me help the Wally Foundation. 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