It is said that when a family member has epilepsy the whole family lives with epilepsy. It’s a disease that requires ongoing 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, but 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 but you have to remain focused, calm & attentive.
The best thing you can do is educate yourself & share what you’ve learned with others living with Canine Epilepsy. Don’t simply assume your vet knows everything & don’t be afraid to share information with them. The research on epilepsy is ongoing.
There are many different drugs to help but finding the right dosage & combination of meds 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. My medications have been adjusted or changed several times.
In closing, know that if you have a pet with epilepsy, you are not alone. There are many support groups that can be found on the vast internet. Facebook has several pages of epileptic dogs & epilepsy in general. An abundance of information & real support is out there. Many families are fighting the same fight. Reach out.
To all my fellow Epi-Warriors I bark, “Stay strong & seizure free!” To all the human caregivers, I say thank you for all that you do.
CEO Olivia ❤