Eco-Friendly Dog Art

Canine Culture

San Francisco collage artist Samuel Price does  stunning dog portrait collages made of hand-cut photographs from recycled magazines. Consider that a single ton of glossy virgin paper, like that used for magazines such as National Geographic, requires about 15 trees to make roughly 1,100 magazines. Samuel collages about 20 recycled magazines every day, or 48,000 over the 10 years he’s been making his stunning collages—that’s 650 trees saved over the course of his creative career.

I think this is a wooftastic idea. Have a look.

This looks a bit like my BFF Chalky White Olsen.

CEO Olivia

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

Now You Know: Probiotics & Prebiotics

News

Hello everyone, Olivia here. Today I have an announcement.

Often my huMom & I are asked questions about living with canine epilepsy, or dog related stuff in general. We are by no means experts & are sure not professionals, but we have done a lot of research & continue to do so.

So starting today, we are trying a weekly blog segment called, “Now You Know”. Readers can send in questions related to canine epilepsy, good health or dog behavior & we will do our best to find an answer. We don’t endorse products but we will speak on their effectiveness or safety.

Today we’ll start with a simple one. What’s the difference between probiotic & prebiotic food for good dogs?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that work with the micro flora, or the “good” bacteria, living in the gut. Together, they play critical roles in the breakdown & digestion of food & help keep nasty bugs like E. coli in check. They help populate the intestine with healthy bacteria, boosting the immune system in the digestive tract & through out the body.

Prebiotics are food ingredients that travel undigested to the colon where they ferment & are converted into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, acting as a source of energy for colon cells & preserving electrolyte & fluid balance; this allows the intestine to move properly. When present in the bowels, prebiotics promote & support healthy digestive flora.

Since prebiotics are essentially feeding micro flora, it’s best to use them in combination with probiotics to support the growth of good bacteria in your good dog’s gut.

Now you know.

You can send your questions to: knottytoys4gooddogs@gmail.com

In the title put, “Now you know question”. My huMom & I will try our best to find an answer & it will appear in a future blog.

CEO Olivia