Chronotherapy

Health

We all have our own internal clock. It follows a 24 hour cycle known as circadian rhythm. Chronotherapy is the practice of timing medication with respect to disease changes related to circadian rhythm. It is believed that Chronotherapy can maximize drug efficacy & minimize adverse effects.

Researchers have identified several seizure patterns linked to natural circadian rhythms &/or wakefulness/sleep cycles. Natural rhythms can alter anti epileptic drug’s (AED’s) digestion, absorption, distribution, metabolism, & excretion. Furthermore, AEDs themselves can modify circadian or diurnal (wake/sleep) patterns. Early trials in humans suggest some epileptic patients may have improved seizure management if their conventional treatment is shifted to chronotherapy.

Keeping a hand written or electronic seizure diary will help identify patterns in seizure activity. My huMom knows from my diaries that quick weather changes or the days around the full moon are times to prepare for me to have an epileptic event. More often than not, my events occur in the early hours of the morning, usually between midnight & 2am, or between 5am & 8am.

Although chronotherapy is in its infancy, it may offer relief to those who appear to have rhythmic breakthrough seizures. New dosing strategies based on your good dog’s natural circadian rhythm may help. We intend to consult my vet about chronotherapy.

CEO Olivia

Diet & epilepsy

Health

There is more & more research being done in regards to diet & epilepsy. Correcting nutritional deficiencies can help reduce or control seizures in epileptic dogs, & in some cases, may eliminate seizures completely.

I won’t mince words here, most commercial dog foods are poor quality, especially kibbles. Not only are they lacking in nutrition, they contain chemicals for preserving & often have a high salt content. They are often more grain than anything & dogs aren’t cows.

There are a number of specific nutritional deficiencies in both humans & canines that are known to cause or aggravate seizures, including vitamin deficiencies, mineral deficiencies & amino acid deficiencies. While commercial dog foods are promoted as being nutritional & well-balanced, the fact is, that the process of producing these foods actually destroys the vitamins,minerals & amino acids.

Raw or whole food diets offer the best forms of proteins, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins & minerals. For dogs with epilepsy, a quality diet will go a long way towards controlling or eliminating seizures. That being said, the advantages offered by a raw or whole food diet can only be gained if the diet is well-balanced to the needs of the individual dog. For example, some dog’s can’t eat raw meat due to auto immune deficiencies. Understanding your good dog’s nutritional needs is crucial in creating a diet that will yield positive results. This is especially important for dogs with epilepsy.

There are many recipes online for home made dog food. It may be a little bit more work than tearing open a bag, but your good dog will be healthier & happier that you made the effort.

CEO Olivia

Spring means allergies

Health

Just like a human, we good dogs can experience allergy flare-ups. We too are familiar with the redness, itching & discomfort that comes with an allergic reaction.  To ease the discomfort of allergy symptoms, many veterinarians recommend & in some cases, even prescribe human over-the-counter antihistamines as a safe, effective treatment.

However, not all over the counter people antihistamines are safe for good dogs.  Many products also add decongestants which can produce serious, even deadly side effects including increased heart rate, respiratory problems to hyper-excitability with muscle tremors, seizures, & hyperactivity. Vomiting, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, disorientation, heart rhythm abnormalities, even retinal detachment & blindness in some cases.  If your good dog ingests any medication containing a decongestant, immediately seek out an emergency veterinarian.

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your good dog  any medication. If you want to relieve allergy symptoms, the following brands are safe to use but again, consult your vet first.

  • Benadryl
  • Tavist
  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton.

Specific brands to avoid are:

  • Contac
  • Actifed
  • Sudafed
  • Tavist-D
  • Claritin-D

Any antihistamine with “D” added to the name, means that a decongestant has been added & will harm your good dog.

antihistamine_chart PDF

Be safe, but also be comfortable this season.

CEO Olivia