Homemade Toothpaste for Good Dogs

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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.  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

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Audio Seizures in Cats

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Good day everyone, CEO Olivia here. Last week we added a new member to the family, a one year old kittie. He seems to be healthy & is clearly a happy little soul. I’m sure the epi-monster isn’t after him but other cats aren’t as fortunate.

While sniffing about the inter-webs I discovered that some epileptic cats can be triggered by sounds. This is known as “audiogenic reflex seizures”, & they can happen with humans, too. The official name with cats is feline audiogenic reflex seizures (FARS).

FARS has been seen in both pedigree & non-pedigree cats. Among pedigrees, it was most predominant in the Birman breed. It has also been discovered that the syndrome occurs in older cats – mostly from 10 to 19 years old, with the average age of onset being 15 years.

What’s interesting are the trigger sounds, which are pretty common everyday noises:

  • Crinkling tin foil
  • Metal spoon clanging in a ceramic feeding bowl
  • Chinking or tapping of glass
  • Crinkling of paper or plastic bags
  • Tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking of a mouse
  • Clinking of coins or keys

Other, less-reported triggers included breaking the tin foil from packaging, mobile phone texting & ringing, clock alarms, Velcro, stove igniting ticks, running water, a dog jangling its collar as it scratched, computer printer, firewood splitting, wooden blocks being knocked together, and walking across a wooden floor with bare feet or squeaky shoes.

Keeping the cats away from these sounds can reduce the seizures, but many of them are the common sounds of life & you can’t keep your good cat sequestered in a soundless room. But with further research comes the hope that vets will become more aware of the problem & hopefully, researching treatment may help cats with this condition.

Does your good cat suffer from FARS? If so I’d like to hear about your experience.

CEO Olivia

CBD Effects on Epilepsy Medication

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It seems at least once a week I am asked about CBD Oil. It is showing promising results in the management of epilepsy. I have tried it briefly & my huMom believes it was helping me but we are hoping to get a specific CBD oil called, “Charlotte’s Web”, because it is made specifically to manage epilepsy. We are also doing our due diligence as this is a relatively new medication & it is not yet regulated (or legal) here in Canada.

A study is underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adults & children with hard to manage epilepsy are trying CBD oil but the study is also looking as to how CBD interacts with other seizure medications.

The study has found that there were significant changes in levels of the drugs clobazam, topiramate, & rufinamide in both adults & children. Changes in zonisamide & eslicarbazepine was observed in adults only. Except for clobazam, however, the drug levels did not change outside of the normally accepted range. Tests also showed that participants taking valproate & CBD showed slightly more stress on their liver.

The findings emphasize the importance of monitoring blood levels of anti epileptic drugs as well as liver function during treatment with CBD oil. The perception exists that since CBD is plant based, it is natural & safe. While this may be true, this study shows that CBD can interact with anti seizure drugs.

Studies like this are very helpful. We intend to try CBD Oil again, once we find a quality brand that clearly helps. There seems to be no question that CBD oil can shut down seizures but some standardization & quality control needs to be established. Maintaining a regular dosage is very important.

Do you use CBD Oil to manage epilepsy? If so, I’d like to hear your story.

CEO Olivia