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"

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

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.


Click on a CHALKBOARD below for more info!



“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).







Time Change adjustments  (Spring or Fall) for dogs with Epilepsy is a real thing. Epileptic seizures are not a one-size-fits all for Epi-dogs.

"Seizure management is not a one-size-fits-all with every dog. Some dogs are exquisitely sensitive to the timing of their medications - and can have a seizure if the medication is delayed by an hour, while other dogs can tolerate fluctuations in their medication administration without negative consequences. The medications that are being administered probably also factor in - for example a drug like Keppra that is metabolized quickly in the body will be more likely to be affected to a delay in administration compared to other drugs such as phenobarbital or potassium bromide. I tell my clients that treatment of epilepsy requires an individualized approach, and it is important to find what works well for you and your dog - rather than what works for others. So for dogs that are very sensitive to timing of drug administration, I think a gradual adjustment to the time change is wise. For other dogs, this may not be necessary." 
~Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Professor, Neurology, Department of Clinical Sciences, The Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Lab,  North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Member, International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force





 Presentation for Purple Day® Around the World Education Week  
March 26, 2022

30 Days of Epi-Tips

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