You’ve adopted a dog, that’s wonderful. You’ve enriched three lives, yours, the new dog & the one you just made room for at the shelter. But often the history of the dog may not be known. What if your new dog has epilepsy?
The first seizure can be terrifying, especially if you don’t understand what’s happening. At the first opportunity after the seizure you should get to the vet for an assessment. If you get the diagnosis of canine epilepsy, don’t despair, there is a lot of help & support.
Having a dog with epilepsy requires devotion, patience & a huge heart. Strict regimes must be followed for medications. You must be prepared for an event 24/7. A degree of selflessness is always required when caring for a companion animal, more so if this includes battling epilepsy. It’s not about you, in fact, you must leave your ego behind & your emotions in check. It can be terrifying watching your loved one going through a seizure event but you have to remain focused, calm & attentive.
Knowledge is power, so learn all you can about canine epilepsy, there is an abundance of information out there. There are also many support groups that can be found on the internet. Many families are fighting the same fight.
You can start on my Facebook page, Oh the life of Olivia. There you can connect with other epi-warriors like myself.
The Wally Foundation helps families with the cost of epilepsy medications & medical costs.
Canine Epilepsy Resources is a site with an abundance of information.
CEO Olivia ❤