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 EarthSky.org. 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. 


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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!







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7 comments:

  1. That is terrific advice-thank you for sharing. Elsa seems to be on a 6-8 week cycle between seizures and her last one was Memorial Day. I've been keeping a close eye on her all week long. Fingers and paws crossed. Have a great weekend.

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  2. I sure hope it doesn't, that's a bit scary.

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  3. We didn't know that about eclipses and potential seizures in dogs so we'll keep an eye on our neighbor's labradoodle who does suffer those. Thank you for hosting Flashback Friday!

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  4. Good advice!!! Mom says she can attest to the impact of a full moon on Angel Ciara's seizures:(

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  5. Sending prayers that everyone will be okay as I know how worrying this could be for you. Great advice and have shared on my FB page and noticed others have shared from there :)

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  6. Hopefully no one had issues, this wasn't something I was aware could trigger a seizure.

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