Can Weather Act As A Trigger?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As you must know by now, I live with idiopathic canine epilepsy. My huMom does her very best to aid me in managing my epilepsy. Part of our routine is to keep a journal. In it we record dates & times of an event as well as anything unusual about my behavior. I recommend anyone living with canine epilepsy to do this.

It’s because of my journal that over time we noticed something unusual. A pattern became clear. I seem to have a grand mal event whenever there is a quick or extreme change in the weather. For example, if we have a run of warm humid days followed quickly by cooler dry days, we go on seizure alert because my chances of having an event go way up.

We don’t really know why this is. These weather changes can also trigger a migraine in my huMom, so perhaps the barometric pressure has something to do with it. Whatever the case, we are very sure that for me at least, a seizure can be triggered by a rapid shift in the weather.

I’m curious if this is the case with other Epi-Warriors like me. If you live with canine epilepsy, I’d be interested to know if the weather affects you as well. Unfortunately, if it is the case, there isn’t much that can be done other than to be prepared. An early warning system is better than a surprise.

You can read another article on this topic done by the Fivesibes blog.

CEO Olivia

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9 thoughts on “Can Weather Act As A Trigger?

  1. I think the barometric pressure does make a difference in dogs and huMoms. The only thing I’ve noticed is that most of Elsa’s seizures have been in the mid-to late afternoon and usually on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Luckily we haven’t had one since August and when we went to check therapeutic blood levels recently, they were high because Elsa is also on CBD oil. It’s allowing us to reduce the dosage of our Phenobarb which makes me happy. Not much you can do about weather patterns but we’re sending oodles of poodles healthful thoughts your way. 🐩

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  2. I can’t speak for epilepsy, but I can validate the migraine issues in my family when there is a rapid change in the weather. Several of us have had this experience routinely. Luckily, the dogs are unaffected (knock on wood).

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