#LIVEGIBSTRONG ❤︎ K-9 EPILEPSY AWARENESS ONLINE RESOURCE LIBRARY

 
 
Welcome to our award-winning FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong online vetted resources for Canine Epilepsy. Below is an extensive library of links and sources to hopefully help you on your journey with an Epi-dog so they may all #LiveGibStrong with Canine Epilepsy as my beautiful boy, Gibson, did, and for who all this is named after.
 

Who is Gibson of #LiveGibStrong?

Gibson was a beautiful wooly Siberian Husky and a beloved member of the FiveSibes family. Diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy at age three in 2009, he is the beautiful face behind the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, created by author and "FiveSibesMom" Dorothy Wills-Raftery. The idea behind #LiveGibStrong is to help spread the word that dogs can - and DO - live full, happy lives with seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy. 

Also through this campaign, we help raise awareness, educate, and
raise funds dog-eared for non-profit Canine Epilepsy organizations, such as the Canine Epilepsy Resources & The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, that offer immense support to families of Epi-dogs. With special care, medications, and alternative therapies, Gibson lived SEVEN years seizure free and was an inspiration to Epi-dog families worldwide with his zest and love of life. Epilepsy did not define him. Life did. Gibson earned his angel wings December 16, 2015 just three weeks shy of his 10th birthday, NOT from epilepsy, but from hemangiosarcoma that was discovered during surgery after he suddenly became ill. Even as he was carried in for surgery, he wore his big Gibbie smile and gave out those precious Gibbie kisses. He is missed greatly, but is by my side in spirit every single day, inspiring me to be Gib strong.

 
Gibson embraced life and the challenges he met along the way with a big happy Siberian Husky smile. He was a true Epi-Warrior. With Gibson's spirit by my side, we will continue our Canine Epilepsy  advocacy and education in the effort to help and support other Epi-dog families, and to let them know they are not alone in this journey. It is our continued wish that all Epi-dogs #LiveGibStrong & #LiveGibStrongForever. ~Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"
 
 
★Founder of #LiveGibStrong 💜 K-9 Epilepsy Awareness & Education
★Author of & Partner with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation/Purple Day® Every Day for #Paws4Purple
★International Purple Day® for Epilepsy K9 Ambassador Since 2012
★Volunteer Case Manager for The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy
★NYC Big Book Award & Independent Press Award Recipient for
"Excellence" in Pet & Reference Book for EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy
What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy Award-Winning Children's Book
★DWAA Maxwell Medallion "Excellence" Recipient
★Four  Books Named AmericanPet Magazine "Best in Print"
★Talent Hounds "Top Dog Books"
★International Award-Winning Siberian Husky & K9 Blog "FiveSibes"

 
Scroll Down Below for Important Links, Info, Books & Podcasts, and NEW Features

Meet My Epi-Star & #LiveGibStrong Namesake: Gibson (click on Gib's below)

My Guest Appearance on
GREY PAWS AND ALL PODCAST
"Help! My Dog is Having Seizures. Is it Epilepsy?" 
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If you'd like to read my first blog post from 2010 about the first days of Gibson's seizures that containsactual diary notes on when we began 
our journey with epilepsy, visit HERE.


  


  

 
Did You Know Your Epi-Dog's Temperature Can Get Dangerously High During/After A Seizure and It's Important to Him/Her Down? 
 
Here is an important vet-approved resource chart to help show you how to cool your dog down. Simply CLICK ON POSTER below to give you more info.
 
 
 
What if a Seizure Lasts More Than 5 Minutes at Home?
 
Dr. Karen Muñana - a veterinary neurologist at North Carolina State University & the Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab - explains why we get concerned about seizures lasting more than 5 minutes and what owners may be instructed to do at home until they can reach the veterinary ER. 
 
 
 
 
What's in Your Epi-Dog's
First Aid Kit?
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What Trigger A Seizure in a Dog?
 
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"Caring for an Epi-Dog & Caregiver"
Video Slideshow Moving Book 
2024
Proudly in partnership with the Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab at North Carolina State University~College of Veterinary Medicine
 
 
 
 This presentation is also available in PDF print format.
Simply Email FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com and 
put "Caring for Caregiver" in subject line.
 

Check out this excellent and informative clip from VetVine featuring Dr. Karen Muñana, neurology professor, at The Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine-CVM talking about how there is “no one-size-fits-all” when it comes to treatment and care of dogs with epilepsy, and the considerations of treatments epilepsy with anti-seizure medications.



In this quick video excerpt from "Epilepsy Summit" by VetVine and North Carolina State University Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab, they discuss how "The month of March, it's been said when describing the weather, often "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." A wide range of weather patterns - bad and good - can be seen. The same is true for dogs living with epilepsy and the impacts of the disease on their behavior. In the period of time before an actual seizure (the pre-ictal phase), we can see a range of signs or behaviors that may indicate a seizure is coming. Dr. Ana Clara Muñoz explains:
 
 


 
Another short courtesy of VetVine about the side effects of much-needed anti-seizure medications from veterinary neurologists. 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 “Talking About Canine Epilepsy” that I am thrilled to have joined the panel of wonderful guests—as you can see from the graphic below—including a Q&A session with veterinary neurology experts, Dr. Karen Muñana, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Professor of Neurology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine/The Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab, and member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force, and Julie Nettifee, RVT, MS, VTS (Neurology) & Research, also from The Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab at North Carolina state University-College of Veterinary Medicine and the 2020 American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse, along with several other Canine Epilepsy caregivers and advocates. 
 
A “Must-See” for any Epi-dog caregiver.

Click on graphic below and enter Passcode: cjZCQs8? in box where asked in order to listen to the 2-hour session (you can pause it).

 
 
Informative Article on Seizures 
and
Open Clinical Trials 





Click on image below to read important article!
 
 
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