Sunday, November 11, 2018
Thanking our veterans - human and K9 - for their service.
DID YOU KNOW...?
This year marks the 100th Anniversary
of the end of World War I.
"Veterans Day originated as 'Armistice Day' on
November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938." ~History.com
Dedicated to my veteran, my Dad:
Friday, November 9, 2018
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
Flashback Photo - November 2015 - Gibson's Tree
A week before he left for the Rainbow Bridge.
For you, G...
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
Flashback Photo of Gibson 2010
So, my first important Epi-tip of the month is if your Epi-dog (dog with Epilepsy) is on specifically timed medications, you will want to adjust his schedule a few days ahead of time, or at least for the first day of the new time change, stagger the dosage times. For example, if your pet typically gets his medications at 7 AM and 7 PM, for the first day of DST, give the AM dosage at the new fall-back time of 6:30 (true time would be 7:30, a half hour later than usual), and give the 7 PM dosage at 6:30 (true time would be 7:30). That way, while their internal clock says it's a bit late, their system can adjust to the "new" time and won't be going too long without the meds, thus risk upsetting the internal balance.
I always preferred to ease Gibson into the time change and keep those seizure meds as close to on-time as possible. Some pets may need a slower and longer adjustment period, so take a few days prior to the time change to initiate it. Why do this? For an Epi-dog, specifically timed medications is an absolute must. Sometimes even the slightest change can set their system akilter and become a trigger. We are not really gaining an extra hour (although it is fun to think of it that way), as Winston Churchill once said that Daylight Saving Time is “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”
Oh, but how glorious is it to think of an extra hour of sleep! Hopefully, the time change will not affect your Epi-dog other than that hour of sleep!
My Flashback photo of Gibson above is from 8 years ago...and yet, it feels like just last year.
Do you observe Daylight Saving Time?
Is your pet(s) on any medications?
Will you be adjusting them for the time change?