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My Gibson in 2015 featured in a poster from 2017.
where I delve into the connection between canines and humans when it comes to Epilepsy and triggers, as well as some important clinical trials going on to further advance the treatments of seizures in dogs.
This is not to ring the alarm bell and say that all lunar phases and eclipses will trigger a seizure. There are many conflicting studies saying yay and nay to this, however, there are also documented cases of both dogs and humans being affected by atmospheric and weather changes, as well as general full moons, and this will be a combo of the Blood Moon and the Red Planet. In speaking with Susan Sehi-Smith, Founder/President of Paws to People: Bridges to Cures,“Dogs are so much more sensitive to things like changes in air pressure, rising humidity, storm dynamics, and temperature changes than humans are. It is the same with high tides, earthquakes, and other environmentally driven events. Often our pets can sense changes approaching even before the news hits the weather channel.”
So will the lunar eclipse and Mars' approach trigger a seizure or odd behavior in your Epi-dog? Maybe or maybe not. As with anything dealing with Epilepsy, while we do know there is a large list of possible triggers, but, frustratingly so, there are also many unknowns when it comes to trigger causes. We do know that many dogs (and humans) are indeed affected by atmospheric and lunar phases, so I always say hope for the best case scenario, while being prepared for the worst case.
Just how does one prepare? Let me send you over to my post from August of last year titled, "Preparing Your Dog for the Solar Eclipse," and even though this is a lunar and not solar eclipse, it contains lots of info on how to be prepared to help your Epi-dog...just in case!
So, take a few precautions for your Epi-dog, and charge up your camera (if you live in the areas where the eclipse will be visible) and enjoy the site! Oh, and don't forget to post your pics so those of us here in the Northeast can enjoy your view!