Friday, July 27, 2018

Can the Longest Total Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in a Century Trigger a Seizure?

Wolf and Harley love laying out under the full moon!

Today - July 27, 2018 - the longest "Blood Moon" total lunar eclipse in a century will start at 3:30 PM EDT and last until 5:13 PM EDT, with the "time of greatest eclipse" at 4:21 p.m. EDT, according to Plus, Mars will be moving to the closest spot to Earth in almost 15 years, so you may catch a glimpse of it, too! While it will not be visible here in North America, it will be from many other areas, and it can also be watched online. How? Check out details HERE. 

Our Flashback Friday: 
My Gibson in 2015 featured in a poster from 2017.
Now, while all this is very exciting and I can hear all the cameras and long-range lenses being prepped around the world, did you know that eclipses and lunar phases could be possible triggers for seizures? Short answer is yes, they can be for some Epi-dogs. Please read my earlier post "Comparative Studies in K9 & Human Epilepsy: Triggers, (Clinical) Trials & Tribulations" 
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.

“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.” 
~Susan Sehi-Smith, President/Founder,
 Paws to People: Bridges to Cures

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!

We know how busy everyone's lives are, especially with summer here, so remember our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop isopen all week, so you join in any time! Don't forget to hop around Memory Lane and visit the other bloggers' sites, too! What a great way to kick off the weekend!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Sibe Siblings Sharing Secrets on a #FlashbackFriday!

"Wolfie, did you hear. the news..?"

"Woo! What news, Chloe? that peanut butter on your nose?!"

"Brother and sister, together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life." Suzie Huitt

Guess we are not the only ones with secrets, our Huskies seem to have have a few, too! With the hot-hot heat we have been having here, this photo of Pupsters Chloe and Wolf from several winters ago just seemed nice and cool and sweet! And I wonder what secret they shared...?

Do your pets share secrets?

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Power of Puppy Love With The Pupsters on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday!

Our FiveSibes Pupsters!

Ahhh, is there anything sweeter than puppy breath? Today, we are fondly flashing back to when our Pupsters, who are now 10, were just little two-month-old pups! The bond they formed as puppies and have kept over the years is just amazing. What a joy to see these siblings always have the love and security of each other, never to be separated! They warm my heart today just as they did when they first joined our family! What a joy!

"Happiness is a warm puppy." ~Charles M. Schulz
"Joy is raising three puppies together!" ~Dorothy Wills-Raftery

I have heard folks say "you shouldn't raise littermates together" - and I say hogwash to that! It has been one of the greatest experiences for my puppies and me! As a matter of fact, I just recently penned an article called "Puppy Power: Yes, You Can Raise Littermates Together" in my monthly column over at 4Knines blog. You can check out my tips HERE! (Just in case you were thinking of welcoming multiple puppies to your family, too)!

Read my full article HERE!

Now, go enjoy those puppy kisses, right up through ages!

Join us each week for a fun and memorable stroll down Memory Lane in our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop! The list is open all week, so if you are busy on Friday, you can come back and still link up! Be sure to visit the "hoppers" blogs, too, for some great fun and photos. What a wonderful way to remember those younger days--whether it is a week ago, a month ago, a year ago, or decades ago! Show us your pet's pics and come hop along!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Have A Safe & Happy Independence Day!

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An Oldie, But Goodie! This Fourth of July Patriotic Pets on parade slideshow is still one of my favorites featuring beautiful pups all decked out in the Red, White & Blue!