The Importance of Ice Packs

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CEO olivia with her ice pack

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to emphasize the importance of having ice packs as part of your epilepsy preparedness kit.

During a seizure, the body temperature can rise rapidly & if the event goes on for more than a couple of minutes, there is a serious risk of overheating (hyperthermia). This can potentially cause serious brain damage. It’s vital to keep your good dog cool during or if possible before an epileptic event.

My huMom always has ice packs in the freezer ready to go. Our “go to” ice pack has a gel inside so it soft & is easy to conform to the shape of my lower back. Bags of frozen peas or corn are not recommended because they don’t get cold enough. In a pinch, use ice cubes wrapped in a towel or placed in a freezer bag.

The ideal location to place an ice pack is on the lower spine, ( see the chart below) just forward of the back hips.

where to apply ice packs on a dog's spine

If it appears I’m about to have a seizure, my huMom will apply an ice pack to my lower back & give me Ocular Compression Therapy. Sometimes the combination can stop a seizure from taking hold. Cooling can also lessen post ictal symptoms. When I do have a grand mal seizure, the ice pack is applied as soon as possible followed by a dose of my cluster buster ( Keppra) stuffed inside a small piece of chilled banana.

Further reading: Epilepsy, the Ever Changing Journey.

CEO Olivia

 

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