What is Ocular Compression?

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When it appears that the epi-monster is lurking about, that is, when I show warning signs of an impending seizure, my huMom uses a technique on me called Ocular Compression Therapy. She learned of it while researching canine epilepsy.

Have you ever rubbed your eyes when your stressed? People do this naturally as a way of calming down. By applying gentle pressure on one or both eyes, you stimulate the Vagus Nerve which then triggers a release of Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity & if done in time, can shut down “messages gone out of control”, i.e. seizures, before they hit.

Applying ocular compression on your good dog is quite simple. Begin ocular compression as soon as signs of an impending seizure are present. You may be able to prevent a seizure from occurring.

Here’s how it’s done.

First, you will need to stabilize the head as best you can. Initially my huMom would sit in a chair & cradle my head on her lap. I’ve since become used to receiving ocular compression & have come to enjoy it. Now she can apply it any time, even out in the car.

If your good dog has already gone into a seizure, ocular compression may not be possible right away. It’s always important to avoid getting too close to a seizuring dog’s mouth as it may bite unintentionally.

Apply pressure – Once you’ve gotten the dog’s head stabilized, close the eyelids with your fingers or thumbs & apply firm, but gentle pressure. You should be able to determine the amount of pressure to apply. You should be just a little firmer than what it takes to read a pulse. If your dog resists you may be pressing too hard. Pressure should be applied for 5 to 8 seconds.

Release & repeat – Release pressure for another 5 to 8 seconds. Begin the pressure cycle again, releasing & repeating until you sense the dog’s relief from the seizure. Applied after a seizure, ocular compression can reduce post seizure effects.

Here is a short video that briefly shows how to do ocular compression therapy.

Here you can read a comprehensive article on Ocular Compression.

CEO Olivia

Raw Honey

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It has been said that having a grand mal seizure is like running a twenty mile marathon in a minute. When I have an epileptic event I’m exhausted afterwards. My huMom has started giving me raw honey right after an attack from the epi-monster to boost my energy. But we have learned that raw honey also has many health benefits.

Two things I should mention quickly. We are using raw, unpasteurized honey, not the processed honey you usually would see in the supermarket. Second, there is some controversy about whether honey is of any help.

Raw honey contains two predominant natural sugars (Fructose & Glucose) 11 enzymes, 14 minerals, 21 amino acids, all the vitamins that nutritionists consider necessary for health A, D, K, Rutin, Nicotinic acid, B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine & Biotin as well as Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). It is rich in potassium, iron & copper as well.

As honey is a pre-digested food (a process done by the bees) it enters the blood stream directly producing energy quickly, unlike refined sugar which has to be digested. This is the main reason I’m being given raw honey after a seizure. I need energy & I need it right away.

Some people give raw honey to their dog if they believe a seizure is imminent. Although I’ll need to do more sniffing about, it is believed raw honey can stop or lessen the intensity of a seizure. Do you give your good dog raw honey before or after an epileptic event? If so, we would like to hear your thoughts & experiences.

CEO Olivia