Would you recognize a seizure in a dog? Did you know that there are specific treatments for canine epilepsy?
#Paws4Purple offers information about canine epilepsy from the mom of a beautiful Siberian Husky who has dedicated her many talents to supporting other pups with epilepsy.
Learn some important facts and helpful information here!
Canine Epilepsy…Get the Facts!
By Dorothy Wills-Raftery
*The Royal Veterinary College has a free downloadable app called RVC Pet Epilepsy Tracker for Apple and Android devices to track seizure activity, as well as info on your Epi-dog, medication reminders, vet appointments, and other important seizure information. For more info, visit http://www.rvc.ac.uk
If you have an epileptic dog (Epi-dog)—a dog that has been diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy—it is important to have an Epi First Aid Kit, marked specifically, so in case of an emergency, all family members or dog sitters can locate it. Important items to include in an Epi-dog’s First Aid Kit are:
• Anti-seizure drugs (AEDs) as prescribed by your vet, and dosing instructions.
• A journal (to note episodes, dates, length of seizure, reactions, meds, etc.)
• Instant ice packs (to bring the body temperature down).
• Emergency contact numbers (vet, ER hospital, family member, friend).
• Natural anti-anxiety calming spray.
• Calming pheromone diffuser.
• Lavender essential oil.**
• Herbal anti-anxiety calming collar.
• Ear or rectal thermometer.
• Portable water bowl.
• Pet bath wipes (for post-seizure clean up).
• Disinfectant wipes (for area clean up).
• Alcohol wipes.
• Latex gloves.
**Caution: some essential oils may trigger seizures, such as spike lavender, eucalyptus, hyssop, rosemary, sage, camphor, tea tree, et al. Always check with your veterinarian before using.
For Post-Seizure Care (Keep on Hand):
• Natural vanilla ice cream (post-seizure, give the dog a spoonful or two to help raise lowered sugar levels).
• No ice cream? Keep honey, maple, or corn syrup on hand.
• Low-fat protein treats, such as mozzarella sticks, organic creamy peanut butter, organic fat-free plain yogurt, cottage cheese, chicken, tuna, etc., to give after the ice cream or honey/syrup to help stabilize sugar levels. (If your dog is lactose-intolerant, skip the dairy items).
• Fresh water.
• Cooling collar (kept in freezer).
• Paper towels
• Harness, collar, and leash (for vet visit).
• A car ramp or blanket (for a makeshift stretcher) for transporting dog.
Canine Epilepsy (Epil-K9 List) Resources – www.canine-epilepsy.com
Canine Epilepsy Network – www.canine-epilepsy.net
Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets, What Causes Seizures in Pets Video – https://youtu.be/ZVnaIujDzqE.
EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy, written by Dorothy Wills-Raftery – www.arctichousepublishing.com
FiveSibes “The Sibe Vibe” Purple Day® Show: The Important Link Between Zinc Deficiencies and Seizures 3/26/17 – http://dogworksradio.com/the-sibe-vibe-presents-margit-maxwell-2/
FiveSibes “The Sibe Vibe” Talking Canine Epilepsy with Dr. Arnold Rugg 11/13/16 – http://dogworksradio.com/the-sibe-vibe-presents-dr-arnold-rugg/
FiveSibes “The Sibe Vibe” Talking Seizures in Dogs with Dr. Karen R. Muñana 10/22/14 – http://dogworksradio.com/the-sibe-vibe-presents-dr-karen-munana/
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Epilepsy – www.go.ncsu.edu/epilepsyresearch
Royal Veterinary College University of London – www.rvc.ac.uk (type “epilepsy” in search box)
The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy – www.TheWallyFoundation.com
The Wally Foundation on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewallyfoundation/
The Epi Guardian Angels – www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com
Toby’s Foundation – http://www.tobysfoundation.org