March Goes Purple

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It’s March & you pawsitively must mark your calendars on March 26th.  It’s Purple Day!

Purple Day is the internationally recognized day of epilepsy awareness! It was an idea created by Canadian Megan Cassidy who was motivated by her own struggles & journey with epilepsy. It was her hope that Purple Day would get people talking about epilepsy, share personal information, educate, support & inform those living with epilepsy & let them know they  that they are not alone. With the help of ‘The Epilepsy Association of The Maritimes‘ Megan Cassidy’s idea was developed in 2008 & is now know as Purple Day.

Like humans, we dogs & cats can also live with epilepsy. I, CEO Olivia have been diagnosed & living with Idiopathic Epilepsy for just over 9 years.  As we are often known for sharing, ‘When someone in the family lives with epilepsy, everyone in the family lives with epilepsy.’ That’s why we Show our Purple &  invite you to Show your Purple!’ during the month of March. It’s a pawsome way to get people talking about epilepsy.  

We have already been contacted by our friend & fellow Epilepsy Warrior Sasha Pina about her Purple Day event, ‘Lace’EM Up For Epilepsy’ (race will be ran May 2, 2021).  Dot & Jerry Underfoot have been working on something for Purple Day which we will bark about at another time & I am pawsitive The Wally Foundation – Canine Epilepsy will have a Purple Day announcement as well.  We always want to hear from you & what your Purple Day plans are.  Do you have an event you would like to share with us?  Go ahead, we’re can’t wait to hear about it!

In the coming weeks we have some wooftastic epilepsy related topics to share with you so sniff your way back & get the dirt on this neurological disorder & see me always looking furbulous in purple.

CEO Olivia

 

 

 

 

CBD Micro Dosing Explained

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m barking about the approach my huMom & I are taking in regards to managing my canine idiopathic epilepsy with CBD oil. Specifically, how did we dogtermine my dosage (please note, I’m still taking all my regular meds).

HuMom & I have dug deep on this matter & learned about a method called micro dosing. Micro dosing means taking very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing unpleasant side effects. With cannabis these side effects appear as balance issues, fine-motor control impairment, tiredness, anxiety & dry mouth.

Finding that correct dose of CBD is wagnificently impawtant in having a pawsitive therapeutic effect. It’s not like other medications, there is no pawscribed quantity or frequency based on a dog’s weight & age.  This is because every dog responds differently based on it’s own unique physiology.

Cannabis dosing is best approached with a less is more manner.  Using too much will often decrease its effectiveness & increase those unwanted side effects.  Human patients using medical cannabis repawted that by using less cannabis they achieved maximum therapeutic benefits, had more energy, felt more clear-headed & had minimal to no unwanted effects.  Many repawted they did not feel any effects at all during first 1 – 3 micro doses.  But then they began to respond well.  This is what is known as the ‘sensitization’ effect.  At the right dosage cannabis can trigger production of more cannabinoid receptors, increase the sensitivity of existing receptors & increase the production of the body’s own endocannabinoids. High doses of cannabis have been shown to have the opposite effect, actually decreasing the number of available cannabinoid receptors.

Micro dosing improves the tone of the endocannabinoid system, which is a vital component in our ability to adapt to stress & restore balance at a cellular level.

As for me, when I first began my journey I used half of what the company pawscribed but found the side effect a little too much. So, huMom dialed it back even more & found two drops on each ear flap every 24 hours seemed to be pawfect for 149 days. Then a big weather front moved in bringing the monster with it & I had several seizures over a number of days. But huMom feels, if she had caught the warning signs, maybe we could have shut the monster down before it even attacked.

We tried adjusting the dosage to two drops on each ear flap every 12 hours but again that seemed too much. So we again changed the dose, this time to one drop on each ear flap at noon & 2 drops on each ear flap at midnight.  I have adjusted well to this increase & paws crossed, huMom & I believe that we are moving in the right direction, slowly.

I will keep everyone updated as this CBD journey continues.

CEO Olivia

Have you read my deep dig into CBD Oil?

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Part 8 – CBD Micro Dosing Explained

Knowledge Is Power

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. As you know, I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy & this is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Over the years my huMom & I have sniffed out a lot of information about canine epilepsy & have always felt it impawtant to share what we have learned & experienced over the years. We believe knowledge is one of the most powerful weapons against the monster.

This blog has over 1,400 posts to date. Many are tied in to canine epilepsy. On my blog resource page I have gathered links to a wide variety of topics related to good dog health & wellbeing & of course there is a lot of information about living with canine epilepsy. Our latest topics include an in depth look at CBD oil & epilepsy. You can find blog posts about what Golden Paste is & how to make it. There are also links about ocular compression & how to administer it. We are currently updating with new information & arraigning things so they are easy to find, both for you & us, BOL. Heck, go sniff around yourself, there’s a lot to see.

I’d also like to remind everyone about my ‘Quick Sniff’ eBook series, which is still free to download. This easy to read series is for those who are new to living with canine epilepsy.

Finally, just a reminder that my silent auction for  The Wally Foundation – canine epilepsy  begins next Monday, November 16th. We are tail waggingly excited. If you would like to donate an item, it’s not too late to help out this wooftastic cause, just send my huMom a message on the KTFGD’s Facebook page , or me, Olivia at Oh, The Life of Olivia  or via email, knottytoys4gooddogs@gmail.com

CEO Olivia 🐾💜🐾