Living With Canine Epilepsy


CEO Olivia talking on epilepsy

Hello everyone, Canine Executive Officer Olivia here. I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy. That means I require a little more care than your average good dog. There is no cure for epilepsy yet, but it can be managed through medications & a healthy diet. It’s a challenge but in my case, it doesn’t prevent me from being a happy dog enjoying life.

Here are a few of my thoughts that I like to bark out to those new to living with epilepsy but also for veterans like myself.

Having a good dog with epilepsy requires devotion, patience & a huge heart. You must be prepared for an event 24/7. A degree of selflessness is required when caring for a companion animal, more so if this includes battling epilepsy. During an event, you must leave your ego behind & your emotions in check because you have to remain focused, calm & attentive.

When working with your vet don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions. Your vet may not have experience with epilepsy so don’t be afraid to share information with them as well. If you’re not achieving good management, maybe seek out another vet with more experience. Seeing a neurologist can also be very helpful. I’m fortunate to have a vet who has experience with epileptic patients. She regularly consults an animal neurologist on my behalf.

There are many different drugs to help manage epilepsy but sometimes finding the right dosage & combination of medications can be a matter of trial & error. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the right cocktail right away. Also, what works now may not work down the road. Although this isn’t always the case, my medications have had to be adjusted or changed several times over my lifetime.

Epilepsy can also be costly.  The Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy, our charity of choice, help qualifying families & organizations such as shelters & rescues with the cost of epilepsy medications & medical costs. They also redistribute donated medications.

Knowledge is power, so learn all you can, there is an abundance of information out there & research is ongoing. There are also many support groups that can be found on the inter-webs (see below). If you don’t already, come follow me on my Facebook page, Oh the life of Olivia. There you can connect with other epi-warriors like myself & their families.

There are many, many dogs living with epilepsy. Reach out, ask questions, educate yourself, be flexible to change & always remember, in the fight against the monster that is epilepsy, you’re not alone. I’ve got your back.

CEO Olivia

It’s November Epilepsy Awareness Month



Good day everyone, CEO Olivia here. Once again, as we do every November, we here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs will be observing Epilepsy Awareness Month. I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy & I like to do my part to offer support & share information with my fellow Epi Warriors, especially those who are new to living with canine epilepsy.

I’m going to have another silent auction with proceeds going to the the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. I have received some wooftastic donations for prizes from Shop Zoo Crew & Beast Bag Boutique, Critter Comforts & Lexi the Aussie Mix. If you would like to donate something, message my huMom a.s.a.p., through my Facebook page, “Oh, the Life of Olivia“.

Also this month, I’ll be barking out links to previous blog posts with useful information & facts about living with canine epilepsy. Knotty Toys For Good Dogs has done almost 1000 blog posts, that’s a big pile to sniff through but don’t worry, I’ve done the digging.

For me, November is about more than just raising epilepsy awareness, it’s about bringing the global epilepsy community together, humans & four leggers alike. Together we can find strength & emotional support & one day, together, will defeat the ugly epi monster.

Will you be doing anything to raise epilepsy awareness this month?  Is there a topic you would like us to sniff out? I’d like to know.

CEO Olivia

Important Information About Canine Medications

News, News Flash

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Usually on Fridays I bark out artwork but today I have something urgent I need to share with you. My huMom sits as the Communications Director of the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. She was contacted through the Foundation by a woman who lost her canine Epi Warrior because her medication contained xylitol. Ingesting even a small amount of xylitol can be fatal to a dog.

How did this happen? The Pharmacy dispensed medication for a human unaware that the medication was actually for a canine.  The medication was sweetened with xylitol.  By the time this was sorted out, it was too late.

It is very important when filling a prescription that the Pharmacy is aware the medication is for an animal not a human. Otherwise a tragedy like this might happen again. Never hesitate to talk to your pharmacist & ask questions. They are there to help.

For more on  Managing Your Meds 

Keep your nose up for our upcoming blog post that digs more into managing our good dogs medications.

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.

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