Daylight Savings and Epilepsy Medications

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. One of the more annoying human creations is daylight savings time. I’ve been told it served a purpose many years ago when a lot of people lived on farms & we had what was called a “rural economy”.  Most people live in big cities now & daylight savings doesn’t make much sense any more but I understand; humans don’t like change very much.

The epilepsy monster doesn’t care what time it is. I must take my medications every twelve hours. Many other epi-warriors do as well. I’m fortunate that Knotty Toys for Good Dogs is a home based business because that means huMom is almost always here with me.  Making the switch in the spring & fall is easy because huMom simply maintains the twelve hour interval regardless of what the clock says. My 11 o’clock dose becomes a 10 o’clock dose for several months. Then it goes back to 11 o’clock, but it’s always really been the same time & twelve hours apart.

For humans that have to go out to work, this plan may not work so easily. They do have to change by an hour to accommodate their routine. In the case of epilepsy medication, an hour can be a long time. One method is to start several days before & slowly move the medication time forward or backward depending on the time of year. Adjusting ten minutes over six days is one method.

What method do you use when daylight savings rolls around? I’d like to know how you approach this pawsitively annoying time shift.

 

CEO Olivia

Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. We are in the festive holiday season, which can mean guest & family possibly arriving. This is probably not part of your good dog or cool cat’s routine. On top of that, the humans seem more stressed than usual. Extra shopping, parties to attend & preparing the home for guests is a lot of work. We dogs are very sensitive to our human’s emotions.

What I’m getting at is this, the holidays can be stressful for us four leggers. In my case, living with canine idiopathic epilepsy, stress & excitement can trigger a seizure so it’s extra important for my huMom to keep things calm around this time of year.

For some good dogs & cats having company over is no big deal. But some, like myself can be reactive. For them I have a few suggestions if you plan on having guests.

Prepare a dim lit room or go to space for your pet with favorite toys, some treats. Calming music might help. If your dog feels secure in a crate, move it away from the activity so your good dog can retreat there.

Wearing a thundershirt can help some good dogs. I have one that I wear if guests are coming.

Adaptil is a non-medical solution for helping dogs feel more relaxed & secure. It synthetically mimics the natural appeasing pheromones that mother dogs use to comfort & reassure their puppies. It comes in a spray or with a defuser you plug into the wall.

Extra play time or an extra walk can burn off any anxiety or pent up energy we may have about all the unusual activity at home.

There are also natural approaches such as melatonin or CBD oil, both can have a calming effect.

OmegaAlpha has two formulations for coping with stress. E-Z Rest has a calming effect & promotes relaxation. EnduraStress helps the body cope with stress while also providing a calming effect. Either of these can be added to meals for a few days before a big day to help your good dog or cool cat.

The most important thing is to consider your four legger’s needs when planning your festivities. It should be a happy time for everyone.

Do you have any tips for reducing holiday stress? Please bark out about it, I want to know.

CEO Olivia

Purple Pumpkins for Halloween

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. It’s just a few days until Halloween. You know what that means in my house? Why it’s time for purple pumpkins of course. That’s because every year we pawtisipate in the Purple Pumpkin Project.

The Purple Pumpkin Project was started by Ron Lamontagne in 2012. He was searching for ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving & decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple & tell people about epilepsy when asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?”

Epilepsy is also one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate up to 5.7% of all dogs are affected globally.  As you know I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy.

This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, I’m asking everyone to join in by painting one of your pumpkins purple. There are many epi-warriors like me out there, show them your support.

CEO Olivia

Reminder – November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. This year I’m asking all my fellow Epilepsy Warriors & wagnificent supporters to help me raise Canine Epilepsy awareness globally. Here’s what I want you to do. Get your human to take your picture with a sign showing your “Bark Out” or motto against this horrible disease. Then send it to me by messaging my Facebook page, “Oh, the Life of Olivia“.

Once November arrives I will begin posting the pictures I’ve received. Let’s show the world how strong the Canine Epilepsy Community is.