Friday, September 12, 2014

Epilepsy Discussion Time! Survey on Solar Flares and Atmospheric Changes. Let's Talk!

My sweet Epi-boy Gibson enjoying his new bed (that is perfectly Gibson-sized) from some dear friends ~ furangel Malachi Suthard (who was a fellow Epi-dog) ~ his wonderfully thoughtful parents Jim & Miedo. 

Gibbie had a bit of a rough night Wednesday night getting sick (vomiting immediately after eating, being unsettled, and chronic panting even in the a/c) and today he enjoyed relaxing in my home office in the a/c in comfort on his palatial bed! He sends his heartfelt woos to Malachi's family. 

My daughter sent me a link to the upcoming solar flares, and one of the articles noted that one occurred...Wednesday night! This led me to thinking...

*Calling All Epi-Dog (Canine Epileptic) Parents for Some Discussion Time!*

I know some other Epi-guardians have mentioned the recent occurrence of solar flares and atmospheric conditions as having possible effects on their Epi-dogs. One reportedly occurred (Wednesday, September 10). So here is my discussion topic: has anyone noticed any change of behaviors in their seizure dog during those times? What about weather changes? Storms? Full moons? If so, what were the symptoms? 

To answer, please visit our Survey HERE and give us your answers and we will share with everyone once they have been compiled. Thank you in advance!

For me - and maybe it's coincidental - but Wednesday night was when Gibson experienced symptoms he has not had in a long time. As I stated above, he became sick, vomited, was unsettled, and chronic panting (in the a/c). Now, according to The Weather Channel report, "An extreme solar flare is heading toward Earth," and according to CBS News, "A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for September 13th." What I'm curious about is if there is any correlation with effects on seizure dogs. Thoughts? Experiences? Let's hear! Just fill out our simple survey!

Results will be shared with everyone at a later date, AND...very exciting news...I've just heard that my resulting information may be used in a future study at a renowned U.S. veterinary college! Another possible giant step for Epi-dogs!

To read The Weather Channel article about the solar flares, visit HERE: and to read the CBS News article, visit HERE.

And may the only effects of the solar flares be a beautiful show of lights in the sky while all our Epi-dogs sleep peacefully undisturbed.

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 Handsome Malachi snoozing in his favorite fluffy bed like the one his parents sent Gib. Sweet Malachi journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge this past July.


  1. That is a beautiful bed for Gibson, looks very comfy. Mom can't say for sure that she noticed anything different about Ciara this week, but we will keep her on her toes in the future.

    Happy weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. Love that bed! It looks super comfy, and Gib deserves nothing less!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  3. Interesting theory. Please share what your survey reveals. The WDA has no epi-dogs but they have been a bit edgier than normal (not counting the totally crazy behavior of our new pup Zsofia). Gibson's bed does look like it is perfectly comfortable!