Melatonin & Epilepsy


Hello, CEO Olivia here. We have fingers & paws crossed because in 8 days I will be 2 months seizure free. This will be the longest I’ve gone since the house fire in April of 2016. My huMom thinks that giving me Melatonin around the full moon might be a contributing factor. That & the fact that things have been reasonably calm at home.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, which is located in the brain of mammals. It stabilizes our circadian rhythm, which is our awake/sleep cycle. When released into the body, it’s saying, “time to close down for the night”.

It has been used for years to calm reactive dogs during thunderstorms or if fireworks are going to be near by. It seems to help those dogs with audio anxieties (fear of loud noises) especially.

There has been research suggesting that dogs with epilepsy might not produce enough melatonin naturally which may contribute to seizure activity. It was this assumption that got my huMom interested in trying it for me.

When I have a grand mal seizure, it’s almost always at night or very early morning. The full moon appears to be a trigger for me as often the epi-monster attacks around that time. Over the past few months, for three days before the full moon until three days after, I am given 3mg of melatonin with my dinner.

I show few side effects from the melatonin, During the day I may be a bit wobbly but I’m also much calmer & at night huMom says my sleep is deeper.

Melatonin is common enough that you can find it at any drug store. It comes in various dosages, I take 3mg. It can also be purchased in liquid form & there are even dog treats. I would suggest starting with a low dosage at first, side effects may include peeing more, or the dreaded diarrhea if the dosage is too high. Please consult your vet if this is new to your good dog.

I’m curious if any of my fellow epi-warriors take melatonin too. If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

CEO Olivia โค

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Canine Blood Donors


With the holiday season upon us, I’m naturally thinking about gifts. Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. It’s said that giving blood is the gift of life. Just like humans, animals need blood banks too. A safe, regulated supply of blood is necessary for surgeries or transfusions such as in a case of poisoning.

Here in Canada, the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CAAB) is in need of canine donors to help keep their reserves up as we head into the holiday season. Much like how Canadian Blood Services exists for people, the CAAB is a non-profit organization that supplies canine blood to Canadian veterinarians.

The organization is based in Winnipeg, where collected blood is processed & stored, but it also has collection sites in Toronto, Calgary & Edmonton. Each blood donation can potentially help two dogs.

I myself would donate but do to my idiopathic epilepsy, my blood has too many AED’s (anti epileptic drugs) in it.

To donate a dog needs to be:

  • in good health,
  • at least 55 pounds ( 25 kg. )
  • one to eight years old
  • up to date with vaccinations

Some larger breeds, such as Great Danes or Mastiffs, need to wait longer to donate because they are not yet fully grown after one year.

The process is very similar what a human goes through when donating blood. It takes about 20 minutes start to finish. Upon arrival, dogs are weighed, a sample is taken to test for packed cell volume & protein levels. If everything is good, the dog is put on an exam table while it’s human is shown how to help the process go smoothly. This naturally includes treats. The actual donation only takes a few minutes, during which time 450 to 500 milliliters of blood are collected. Dogs who are eligible can safely donate every three months.

How fascinating. Has your good dog ever donated blood? Perhaps you’ve needed blood in an emergency. I’d be interested in hearing your story.

CEO Olivia โค

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Homemade Toothpaste for Good Dogs



Did you know I brush my teeth? Well, my HuMom does it for me, but it’s part of our evening routine. Good oral hygiene is as important for us dogs as it is for you humans. A bad tooth can lead to infection.

There are commercial toothpastes made just for dogs which is what we use. I would not recommend this recipe for my fellow epi-warriors due to the salt content but for the rest of you canines today I’ll show you how to make a super easy homemade paste that hopefully you will love.

Take one bouillon cube & dissolve it in warm water (about 2 cups). This will make the mix tasty. Add some baking soda to the bouillon & stir.ย  Baking soda is an abrasive that will help remove plaque.

Next, add organic coconut oil to the mixing bowl & stir until the mixture is even. Coconut oil ties all the ingredients together, & is safe for your dog. Store your doggy toothpaste in a resealable container. The mixture can be stored at room temperature.

Now you can brush your good dogs teeth & keep them in tip top shape. Check out our good friend Dista of Critter Comforts two short videos about cleaning your good dogs teeth.

Video 1 Tips on how to brush your good dogs teeth.

Video 2 How to brush your good dogs teeth.

A final thought, if your good dog simply hates the taste of any toothpaste, you can simply use a piece of gauze. Gently rub the teeth with the gauze or add a dab of organic coconut oil. A bit of coconut oil on a finger can help too. This can be done with any dog, even epi-warriors like myself.

CEO Olivia โค