Today is Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that is not just found in humans, but a variety of animals as well. As many of you know by now, Gracie has Epilepsy. She was diagnose when she was 2 years old and is now 8 1/2. Today I want to tell you about Canine Epilepsy, what it is and what it means in our life. Gracie’s Epilepsy is more on the mild to moderate side, which means that her seizures are not as extreme as many dogs who also have Epilepsy. Her seizures can be both partial seizures, which means they can even go unnoticed, and she has seizures that fall between a partial and grand mal. These are the more common seizures that she gets. She does not lose consciousness, but she convulses and cannot stand. These seizures usually last a minute. Her last one was when were hiking about a month ago and another dog attacked her.
Many Canine Epileptics take medications to treat their epilepsy. The most used of these medications are Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide. Many of the medications can adversely effect the liver. Also, eating a diet with Omegas and Zinc can help support healthy brain function. If you have a dog with Epilepsy you want to feed them food that support both their brain and liver.
The main thing that I want people to get out of this post is that just because a dog has Epilepsy does not mean that the dog cannot live a full and happy life. Gracie and I still go on hikes and to the dog park all the time. Gracie enjoys every bit of life that other dogs enjoy. Her epilepsy does not hold her back. Epilepsy does not have to be restricting or life ruining. Of course, always be cautious and learn what triggers your dogs seizures and how they act before getting one. Gracie’s seizures are usually triggered by sudden stress and loud noises. Thunder storms, fire works, sudden stops in the car, getting a bath from a stranger and another dog suddenly biting her are some examples of things that could trigger a seizure in Gracie. However, going new places and meeting new people are not triggers for her.
Please check out the links below for more blogs on Canine Epilepsy (a big thank you to FiveSibes and Confessions of a Rescue Mom for hosting!) and wear purple today in support of Epilepsy Awareness! Don’t have any purple to wear? Change your social media profile pictures purple!
Thanks for reading!
-Katie and Gracie
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