Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. My huMom & I were looking over my seizure activity journal & noticed since I began supplementing my meals with Taurine the amount of Grand Mals I’ve experienced has gone down. It’s becoming more common for me to only show what used to be my postictal behavior such as dashing about & being very agitated, which might suggest I’m close to an event threshold but not breaking through or I could be having focal seizures.
This morning I leaped out of bed. I was very agitated & needed to run. At times I would crouch down & whine. HuMom gave me Keppra, which is my cluster buster & once it took affect I was calm. But again, I had no Grand Mal & it seems the Taurine may be helping me. We will discuss this with my good vet.
This month, on Monday’s I’m going to discuss the supplements I take to help me fight the monster & keep me in top health. My kidneys & especially my liver need all the support I can give them & I do this with all natural, herbal products. I also have probiotics added to my meals because my meds are hard on my digestive system & we all know a healthy gut is important.
I’d also like to know what supplements my fellow epi warriors might take.
CEO Olivia ❤
Today is a special day here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. Our CEO Olivia is celebrating her 7th Barkday (birthday). Naturally we are reflecting back on her life.
Olivia was adopted from a local animal shelter back in February of 2011. Molly as she was known then, had been there for three months. Her first act upon arriving at her new home was to leap on her new huMom’s bed, declaring it hers too.
Three months later Olivia experienced her first seizure; it came in the middle of the night. Having no idea what was happening I was terrified. After a Grand Mal seizure Olivia ran about blindly, stumbling into everything for what seemed like an eternity. She was rushed to the vet early that morning & a few days later, after testing she was diagnosed with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy.
Most of the time Olivia is just like any other dog. She loves her walks, lounging in her yard or having robust debates with the local chipmunks. Focal seizures are something she lives with almost daily; her eye lids will flutter. She will experience a Grand Mal seizure on an average of every 18 to 22 days. Sometimes she has clusters.
In spite of her epilepsy she remains my happy, little clown, healthy & much loved. She has learned how to manipulate me with her beautiful eyes & she clearly has a sense of humor. I feel so very blessed to have this special soul in my life.
Happy Barkday Miss Olivia.
Love, Your huMom ❤
At the suggestion of my vet, my huMom began keeping a journal of my epilepsy events. Keeping records helps identify patterns & warning signs. When I have a Grand Mal seizure, when I display warning signs or having focal seizures, my huMom will write it in the journal & also make note of things such as the weather, the moon phase & what activities we were doing such as going in the car or having guests.
My huMom tries to record as much detail as possible. The information can be of great use for my vet & my neurologist. It also takes out a lot of guess work. She can refer to the journal to see how many days apart my seizures occur, how I respond to my meds & overall see the big picture. It’s through keeping my journal that my huMom discovered I almost always have a seizure within the six days around the full moon ( i.e. 3 days before until 3 days after). The journal also showed how I would often seizure around the time of an extreme shift in the weather.
My huMom keeps both a hand written & electronic copy of my journal. She made this PDF that you can download to use for your own good dog.
Seizure Activity Journal PDF
CEO Olivia ❤