Christmas Puppies

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With the holiday season upon us, people will be shopping for gifts. A lot of people will be finding a new puppy under the Christmas tree. There are two things about this I need to discuss.

First, a lot of people get a puppy for the wrong reason & don’t grasp the responsibility involved. Yes, they are cute but they are also a long term commitment. It’s a wonderful thought for a child to awaken to a new puppy on Christmas morning, but what about after? It’s a sad fact that shelters get a lot of puppies come spring because some family didn’t think things through.

Second, if you have thought it through & are ready for a new family member, please do not go to a pet store. They are supplied by puppy mills in most cases. You don’t want to support that industry. Adopt, don’t shop, go to your local shelter. They may not have puppies on the day you visit but there will be many dogs of all ages looking for a forever home. I’ve said it often, when you adopt you enrich three lives, yours, the dog you adopted & the one you just made space for.

CEO Olivia

Epilepsy Awareness Month Wrap Up

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We are about to say good bye to November which is Epilepsy Awareness Month. I do my best to share with you what me & my huMom have learned about canine epilepsy. We also hope to continue to offer support for those who are new to living with this disorder.

Living with epilepsy requires a great deal of courage. It’s not easy, but we always find the  courage we didn’t know we had. It also requires selflessness. When dealing with an epilepsy event, you must put your emotions in check & focus on what’s needed to be done.

We here at Knotty Toys will continue to share as we learn more about canine epilepsy. Knowledge is power they say. If there is a particular issue you’d like us to explore, please drop us a line.

To my fellow epi-warriors I say, stay strong & seizure free.

 

CEO Olivia

 

 

GABA Supplement for Good Dogs

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I’ve touched on GABA before. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA for short, is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for relaxing the nervous system. A deficiency of GABA may lead to anxiety. It has been used by some families who live with canine epilepsy. It’s calming effect can possibly stop the electrical storm in the brain that causes seizures.

There is some controversy as to wither taking a GABA supplement works. The argument being that GABA taken orally will not be processed by the brain. There are suggestions that you take other supplements that can boost GABA levels instead of taking GABA powder or pills. An example is L-Theanine which is a naturally occurring amino acid commonly found in green tea.

My huMom insists on more information before we see if GABA is an option for me. There are people that use it for their good dog during an epileptic episode, but at the moment, we aren’t sure if it’s right for me.

Have you used a GABA supplement for epilepsy? If so, we would like to hear your thoughts on it.

CEO Olivia