This blog was previously just an outlet dedicated to my experience of adopting a rescue dog and coping with canine epilepsy. Writing therapy, maybe.
The experience was challenging, traumatising and stressful but always rewarding. The joys far outweighed the struggle.
All my previous posts are still live, as I always aimed to reach out to anyone experiencing the same or similar with their dog and hopefully lend some advice or even just encouragement knowing someone else has been through the same. It can be a tough fight and as an owner you can feel very lost, especially at the beginning.
I wanted to include some links to useful sites and resources that I’ve discovered since my journey with dog re-homing and canine epilepsy began. Hoping that anyone experiencing something similar can find something useful here.
All about dog food – dog food directory: Having a happy, healthy dog starts with a good quality diet. This site is a fantastic resource to find something suitable and within budget. If you feed your dog low grade food, full of sugar, salt, preservatives & additives they are more likely to have behavioural problems, health issues or develop more serious conditions in later life. Chronic hip displaysia/arthritic symptoms in younger dogs and/or dental, skin or coat complaints can be the result of poor quality diet. Our dog eats better than we do! We used to feed a couple of good quality kibbles from Millies Wolfheart & Guru, but have since switched to raw feeding. For this we enlisted the help of Lauren Otley, a canine nutritionist.
Zooplus.co.uk: great value pet products
Shropshire Dog Training Centre: We used this local dog trainer, who came and did some home visits, but we also attended an older beginner class (puppy training for older dogs!) and are currently attempting some gun dog training, to further enforce the discipline and obedience training. Laura delivers excellent training and offers us ongoing guidance and support, the positive reinforcement methods adopted by this highly recommended training centre really work for our dog.
Tailster.com – a great site where you find a dog walker, dog sitter, dog boarder etc.
Book: Give a Dog a Home: How to make your rescue dog a happy dog by Graeme Sims: We received this book as a gift and have found it to be a really useful and interesting book, with loads of good tips on how to get your rescue dog to settle in their new home and what challenges you may face and the reasons behind them. Poor rescue dogs have really been through the mill sometimes 😦
Canine Epilepsy Guardian Angels:Some really great content here, very useful. From emergency action on seizures to the classification of the different types, FAQs, medication available etc.
Facebook Group: Canine Epilepsy Support – Pexion and other medications: There are some other canine epilepsy groups on Facebook too, with a lot of the same members. This one was particularly interesting for me as Harrison went on to the Pexion medication when his seizures first started. A fantastic support network of people who understand what you’re going through, as realistically no other pet owner will fully grasp it unless they have experienced this themselves.
Canine and Feline Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management by Luisa De Risio & Simon Platt