While we are wrapping up the November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, with our focus on Canine Epilepsy, many folks are prepping for the holidays ahead. Over the many years of mine and Gibson's journey with Canine Epilepsy, folks have asked what types of things did I do and use when he had a seizure, after, and to help manage his comfort each day. I am pleased to say that I have put together a catalog of mine and Gibson's favorite items in a different type of Gift Guide--one specifically for all the amazing dogs living with Canine Epilepsy!
Our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs is filled with useful items ranging from products I used with Gibson to help keep an Epi-dog comfy, to items that we have in our Epi First Aid Kit, as well as helpful books, and Canine Epilepsy educational resources. There is also a section for FREE items! So grab a cup of your favorite seasonal beverage, snuggle up with your furbaby, and check out our entire Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs for some great items that some very special dogs (Epis and non) would love to receive this holiday season, on their birthday, or any day of the year! Be sure to check them all out so you don't miss a thing, including the Freebies!
All of the products listed here in our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs I have used for my beloved Gibson and found them to work really well. Some I even continue to use with my other FiveSibes as they are now seniors and need a little extra comfort. My Harley girl also has had several adult onset seizures, so I follow some of the same protocols I did for Gibson, and want to share them here with you so maybe they will also help bring some relief for your Epi-dog.
I hope you enjoy this Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs (best read in "desktop" view) and find it to be helpful! And do let me know if you try any of the products and what your dog thinks of it! Happy reading (and hopefully, some shopping)! Feel free to share with your friends, too! All items in our Gift Guide are FiveSibes approved!
A great fast cool down on those hot days or any day your Epi-dog seems stressed over hot. In between uses, store in freezer in a freezer-style resealable bag.
Great to keep on hand in the freezer!
Handmade, choice of colors (we have purple, of course)! For use on days when your Epi-dog seems agitated, stressed, or scared. Has a nice herbal aroma. How handsome did Gib look in his "bow tie" Herbal Calming Collar?
This is another favorite item! Take it along on walks, pack it in the backpack, bring it in the car, or give your dog a cool spritz any time, anywhere you think s/he needs it! A really great instant cool down...and, as you can see, Gibson really loved it!
My favorite tool for helping Gibson on the days he experienced hind-end weakness due to his Epi meds. This one connects to the collar and affords ease in supporting and walking your dog. Super sturdy. Love this lift harness!
Excellent for getting a dog with mobility issues into a vehicle ~and~ a makeshift stretcher.
All of my FiveSibes love this bed! Water-resistent base and removable washable cover a necessity for an Epi-dog who may have a seizure while on it. Easy clean up, provides dog with great comfort. Above Cooler Bed III can be placed right on top of it, too. Comes in sizes Small to Jumbo (Gib Size)!
4Knines Cargo Cover
A great cover to protect the cargo section of your SUV. Waterproof and easy to clean, a must with an Epi-dog, or any dog who just loves the mud and dirt! Click HERE for this cargo liner (comes in Black, Gray & Tan, and various sizes) as well as other fab vehicle seat covers!
Click HERE for Cargo Liner & Seat Covers!
There are times you need immediate cool down and this being a battery-operated makes it very convenient to put it wherever your Epi-dog is.
Comfort Zone Adaptil (Calming) Spray
Not only for Epi-dogs, but any dog who may be feeling anxious or stressed.
Adaptil Calm Plug-In Diffuser
Adaptil Calm Diffuser Refill
A necessity if you have above! I always kept an extra one on hand in my Epi-First Aid Kit!
Also good for anti-anxiety or to help de-stress an Epi-dog. Caution: do not leave on indefinitely, just during the stressful period as heat/overheating can also be a possible seizure trigger.
dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
I love my diffuser for the essential oils! There is also a setting to have a light on and choice of color!
AED Pill Keeper
For emergency cool down during and after a seizure.
Rescue Remedy by Bach
Natural Bach flower essence to help reduce stress and anxiety in pet. Check with your vet first before giving it to your dog.
Epi-dogs who are on Phenobarbital many times are on Milk Thistle to help cleanse the liver. I used Oregon's Wild for Gibson. Always check with your vet first to see if you can add this supplement, and for dosage (goes by weight).
(NOT Pumpkin Pie)
For Epi-dogs, weight gain from meds is a common side effect. To help counteract weight gain, I adopted the "pumpkin diet" for Gibson, which included replacing some of the kibble with pure pumpkin puree. Always check with your vet first and to go over proper amounts.
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
There are SO many wonderful things to say about these hemp-derived phytocannabinoid grain-free treats, oil & gel caps. Blog review to come! I give my FiveSibes, who are now senior dogs with arthritis issues and my Harley has had adult onset seizures, the treats and/or oil on a daily basis. They really enjoy the pumpkin and blueberry treats, as well as the new soft chews, which are great for senior dogs who may have issues eating harder treats. They are also grain-free, which is great for Epi-dogs and non-Epis! I am very, very happy with this natural treat. Learn more about Treatibles for pets at the website HERE.
Independent Press Award recipient for Outstanding Resource Book. A beautiful, large, coffee table style book filled with stories about 124 amazing Epi-dogs from around the world, as well as a vast resource section. A must-have first one-of-a-kind resource book! (A portion of sales is donated to Epil-K9 Foundation).