The Importance of Protocol

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. My huMom was recently asked about what she meant when referring to following a protocol when the dog gone ugly epi monster comes lurking about. Today I will explain.

First thing I need to point out is our interpretation of the word protocol has been slightly modified from it’s original meaning. The Merriam Webster dictionary states a protocol is, “a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette & precedence”. My huMom uses the word protocol to describe the steps we take during an epileptic event, based on passed experiences.

I fought off the monster just the other day, so I will use that event as an example of our protocol. At the first sign of an imminent attack by the monster, huMom begins the protocol.

First step is to get the ice pack & apply it to my lower back. Next step is to get my cluster buster into me. I take Keppra, usually in a slice of banana or in my veggie mix. She will also do OCT (Ocular Compression Therapy) if possible. Sometimes the monster attacks so quickly there is no time to try & “Prevent an Event”, regardless our protocol is followed as closely as possible.

When I do have a grand mal, huMom is with me, applying the ice pack & doing what she can to keep me from injury. She will talk gently to me with reassuring words as I come out of the seizure.

Once I come around, I’m usually frantic. I may also be temporarily blind. Another step in the protocol is to make sure I have room to dash without getting hurt. For example she closes off the stairs so I won’t try to go up them. The laundry room door will be shut because I might end up behind the washing machine in my frantic state. This limits me to the living room & kitchen where huMom can be with me.

Next, food is given because I will be famished. A seizure is like running 20 miles full speed. My blood sugar needs to be stabilized. I get a spoonful of unpasteurized, pure raw honey along with a “breakfast”. I will next be offered a kong filled with coconut oil. huMom will hold the kong while I lick at it. This gives me something delicious to focus on & will calm me down until the Keppra kicks in.

Once the event is over & I’m resting, huMom will make notes in my seizure activity journal. This is important for my vet to see. huMom will make note of the weather, the moon phase & if anything out of the ordinary has happened. This can help spot patterns & possible triggers that we can try to avoid.

Having our protocol helps give a sense of control & focus. It’s very hard for any human to see their furbaby/best furiend go through an epileptic event. Keeping to a strict protocol means your focused on something other than your emotions.

Do you follow a protocol? I’d be interested to hear about how you fight the ugly epi monster.

CEO Olivia

Apple Cider Vinegar for Good Dogs

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dog sitting beside apple cider vinegar bottles

Hi there, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to bark about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. There are humans that begin every day with it. Many swear it keeps them healthy. I was curious if it’s good for us dogs. Turns out it is.

On the pH scale, water is neutral at 7.0, tomato juice is acid at 4.1, distilled white vinegar is more acid at 2.4, and the pH of lemon juice is 2.2. Apple cider vinegar tends to be less acidic, with a pH between 4.25 & 5.

Some popular brands, such as Bragg, Spectrum, Eden Organics, Solana Gold Organics, & Dynamic Health, are made from organic apples that are crushed to make cider, then aged in wooden barrels.

Apple cider vinegar is raw & unfiltered, so it’s not clear like distilled vinegar. Instead, it contains a dark, cloudy substance that resembles dusty cobwebs. This substance is called the “mother” or “mother veil,” & consists of naturally occurring pectin & apple residues whose protein molecules are connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the vinegar contains active enzymes that processed vinegar doesn’t have due to over-processing & filtration.

Nearly all of apple cider vinegar’s human uses can be applied to good dogs. Many natural health experts prefer raw organic apple cider vinegar for topical applications, including muscle aches & bruises; sunburn, abrasions, insect bites, & stings.

It’s also very good for our coats & can be an effective treatment for hot spots.

After shampooing your dog, give a final rinse with 1 cup vinegar diluted in 2 to 4 cups water. Experiment with different dilutions for best results.

-Reduce your dog’s dander by massaging full-strength cider vinegar into the coat before shampooing.

Apple cider vinegar can help keep a dog’s ears clean & healthy too. Place a few drops on each ear & gently massage, or apply with a cotton swab. For a more medicinal ear drop, make or buy a cider vinegar tincture containing ear-friendly herbs like garlic or mullein blossoms.

So, is a daily dose of apple cider vinegar good for your dog? Unless your dog is allergic to apples, he or she isn’t likely to suffer a serious reaction, & within a month you should be able to tell whether it’s helping. You should see improvements in skin & coat condition, less itching & scratching, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, & an improvement in overall vitality. A simple tablespoon of apple cider vinegar & raw honey a day could be enough to show marked improvements in the quality of your dog’s health.

Suzie Q & I both get a daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar. HuMom says it makes our coats thick, soft & we smell really nice. Have you tried it for your good dog?

CEO Olivia ❤

Raw Honey for Good Dogs

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I think everyone loves honey, it’s so sweet & delicious. But it’s also very good for dogs. Suzie Q & I get a teaspoon of raw honey every day. To be clear, I’m talking only about raw, unpasteurized honey & not the processed honey you usually would find at the supermarket.

Raw honey is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, & K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese & copper. In addition, honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants.

Raw honey is good both for external & internal use. Honey’s acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is antibacterial. Honey can also reduce inflammation & can sooth the pain of a wound or burn.

If your good dog suffers from seasonal allergies like I do, feeding him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day can help. (This works for humans too). The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts.

Raw honey can also help with digestion & tummy issues. It’s antibacterial properties can prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut.

A final note of caution, if your good dog is diabetic you should consult with your vet before giving him or her raw honey.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to Svengali my huMom into giving me some raw honey. BOL!

CEO Olivia