Meet Two Epi-Stars--Lana & Darren--Dogs With Epilepsy, for #NEAM: November's Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epi-Stars, "Darren" & "Lana"
by Dorothy Wills-Raftery
If you've been following us, for the month of November, which is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM), I'm highlighting some amazing stories about Epi-Dogs. Insspired by not only my own Epi-dog Gibson’s story, but all the stories in my book EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Life With Canine Epilepsy, I was moved to bring back for a second year my series on Epi-Stars--dogs who have Canine Epilepsy, but never let that stop them from loving life. Sometimes that journey creates amazing bonds...between Epi-dog and caregiver; and between Epi-dog, caregiver, and their veterinarian team; and sometimes a bond forms with other Epi-dog families through sharing our knowledge and experiences with others.
Today, I'm happy to introduce you to beautiful Epi-Stars "Lana," a Rhodesian Rideback mix, and "Darren," a Golden Retriever mix, both are A. Piper Burgi's beautiful Epi-dogs.
Says Piper, who in addition to being an award-winning author and hu-mom to not one, but two Epi-dogs at the same time, she is also a military veteran. "I want to take this opportunity to share a little insight into living with Canine Epilepsy - a subject matter near and dear to my heart. As many of you probably know, the two dogs pictured above were my Epi-warriors, Lana and Darren. They both developed Idiopathic Epilepsy (epilepsy with unknown cause) within two days of each other when Darren was two and Lana was four years of age. I did my best to provide them with everything they needed and the quality of life they deserved. But, in the end, Darren suffered a massive stroke, and Lana lost her battle with bladder cancer; they passed away within four days of each other. At this point, I decided to write a book about their journey called Living With Canine Epilepsy to let everyone know that dogs with Canine Epilepsy can lead a happy and meaningful life. Prayers for all the Epi-Warriors out there...may they stay seizure-free for a long time!"
We now know just how many dogs are affected by Canine Epilepsy and that dogs can and do live full happy lives with it. However, there is some special care that needs to be given.
- Keep your Epi-dog safe
- Reduce external stimulants
- Time the duration
- Know when to see a doctor
- Keep a journal
Note: These are the personal stories of Epi-dogs as told by their families. As always, discuss any medications, alternative treatments, new foods, etc., with your veterinarian first before giving to your dog.
Other Stories in the Epi-Star Series:
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