Our top 7 Most Viewed Blog Posts

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The other day I was sniffing in this blog’s statistics & noticed some older posts continue to be very popular & get a lot of views. Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Since 2015, Knotty Toys for Good Dogs has published almost 1300 blog posts. Today I’m sharing our top 7 most viewed posts with you. Why just 7? I’m a dog, I can’t count any higher. BOL!

Our most viewed post, with close to 10,000 views is about Ocular Compression Therapy. huMom does this easy to learn procedure with me if I’m fighting the Epilepsy monster.

The next most viewed blog post is about the supplement GABA. It’s an important neurotransmitter that’s responsible for relaxing the nervous system. Some people give it to their epilepsy warriors.

Rounding out the top three is about the benefits of turmeric in the fight against the epilepsy monster. It includes a recipe we use for Golden Paste, which I get in every meal.

Do you need to know how to take a good dog’s temperature? You’ve come to the right place because our 4th most viewed posts is all about that.

Next at number five is a post all about the importance of ice packs. We show you where best to place them on the body & why getting the body temperature down fast after a seizure is impawtant.

Dog’s often get lumps under the skin, I have a couple myself. Usually it’s nothing to worry about but sometimes it’s serious. If you’ve wondered, “what’s that lump on my good dog?“, our 6th most viewed post can fill you in.

Rounding out the list at number seven most viewed post is about a skin condition called Lip Fold Pyoderma or Lip Fold Dermatitis. It’s most commonly seen in dogs with pronounced saggy folds of skin such as Bloodhounds, St. Bernard’s, Mastiffs & Bulldogs. However I myself had a short bought of it which huMom treated naturally & it’s never returned.

As you’ve probably figured out, although we do make premium, all natural, hemp toys for good dogs & cool cats, Knotty Toys for Good Dogs is more than just a pet toy company. I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy, just like so many other good dogs. My huMom has already done so much research & continues to learn all she can to allow me to live a long, happy, healthy life despite my epilepsy. We both know how hard the fight can be & it’s emotional toll, so we try to offer real support & a sense of community for those with an epileptic four legger.

Our passion is dog gone driven by the love of dogs & cats & our mission is to share experiences, information & premium products for the well being of all good dogs & cool cats. Our store only carries products my fur siblings & I actually use & have for as long as I can remember; I’m 11 years young.

CEO Olivia

The Importance of Ice Packs

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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

 

Epilepsy, the Ever Changing Journey

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There is no “one size fits all” for treating epilepsy. Every case is unique & what works for some dogs may do nothing for another. Also what works now may not be as effective over time & for some lucky dogs, they may even see their AEDs (anti seizure drugs) eliminated all together. My name is Olivia & I live with canine epilepsy. In my five years I have had to change or adjust dosages of my medications more than once.

Twice a day (12 hours apart) I am given my daily medications. Initially, I was prescribed phenobarbital but that wasn’t enough to manage my seizures.  A year later, I was prescribed an additional AED, potassium bromide. In the last year the phenobarbital has become less effective so my huMom under the direction of my wooftastic Vet is slowly weening me off it & I now take Zonisamide instead. With luck, in a few months I will not be taking phenobarbital at all.

I have cluster seizures which means I will have more than 1 seizure in a 24 hour period. First I was prescribed liquid Valium but it wasn’t the cluster buster for me.  Instead, I used Clonazepam but again, over time it’s effectiveness has diminished so we have recently replaced it with the drug Keppra. I’m happy to say that I am responding well to my adjusted regime. With the reduction phenobarbital I feel more present & alert as it used to leave me in a fog.  My cluster buster Keppra is not only less harmful on my organs, it has less side effects & I don’t experience ataxia from using it.

My huMom has also learned of many ways to help me that we did not know in the beginning. Connecting with other families with epileptic dogs via social media has provided her with so much knowledge & support. Ocular Compression Therapy  was something she discovered while researching on the internet & we feel it is effective in stopping a seizure before it takes hold. We also have learned to apply ice packs if it appears that a seizure is coming on as cooling seems to help. The ice packs help after a seizure as well.  We also learned about supplements like melatonin,  vitamin b complex, magnesium & zinc.

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Managing the side effects of my phenobarbital use is done with the use of Milk Thistle, raw beets and a liver toner treatment 4 times a year.  I also do a kidney flush treatment 4 times a year.

If you have a dog with epilepsy you know that it is an ever changing journey. Don’t get discouraged, there is a lot of help & support out there. Engage your vet & be open to trying new things & if they don’t help, try not to be discouraged. Remember that you are not alone in this fight.

CEO Olivia

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