Preparing Your Epi-Dog For the Solar Eclipse
*A word about essential oils – again, it is important to check with your veterinarian before using, especially if trying for the first time. Some essential oils, such as spike lavender, eucalyptus, hyssop, rosemary, sage, camphor, tea tree, et al., can trigger seizures.
What's In Your Epi First Aid Kit?
In addition to your regular dog First Aid Kit items, for an Epi-dog, also be sure to have:
- Seizure medications.
- Instructions in case of a seizure (for when you have a pet sitter).
- A journal to note episodes, length of seizure, reactions, meds, etc.**
- Instant ice packs.
- Rubbing alcohol wipes. (I prefer ice packs).
- Emergency contact numbers: vet, neurologist, 24-hour vet hospital, poison control, a friend/neighbor to help.
- Natural/herbal anti-anxiety calming oral spray (I use Rescue Remedy).
- Calming pheromone room spray.
- Herbal calming collar.
- Portable water bowl
- Dog Ear Thermometer
Additional Items to Have on Hand
- Natural vanilla ice cream.
- Organic honey or maple syrup.
- Source of protein, i.e., organic creamy peanut butter, low-fat mozzarella sticks, cottage cheese, organic yogurt, chicken, tuna, etc. (low-fat healthy protein treat to help raise the sugar levels back up after the ice cream or honey/maple syrup).
- Fresh water.
- Pet bath wipes (for post-seizure clean-up).
- Disinfectant wipes (for area clean-up).
- Paper towels.
- Latex gloves.
- Collar, harness, leash.
- Car Ramp or blanket as a makeshift stretcher to transport pet if incapable of walking.
**For keeping a digital journal, as well as important seizure information, download the FREE Royal Veterinary College (RVC) mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Check out my blog post with Gibson all about this great app HERE.