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Purple Day 2017

March 26th is #PurpleDay for Epilepsy Awareness. Unfortunately Epilepsy is common in Siberian Huskies. My girl Gracie has been fighting Epilepsy for 6 years now. While Epileptic dogs can still live full and happy lives, it can be very scary and heartbreaking to see them go through it. The first time I saw Gracie have a seizure I thought that she was dying. Upon taking her to the vet I learned that while she was not dying, she did have Epilepsy. Over the years with help from our vet and through talking with other owners of Epileptic dogs, Gracie’s seizures have become less frequent and much more mild.

 

Have you ever encountered or owned a dog with Canine Epilepsy? Feel free to share the dog’s story below. Sharing their stories helps for others to become aware of Canine Epilepsy and learn what to do if they were to ever encounter a dog having a seizure. We also have much we can learn from each other’s experiences with the disease.

Thanks for reading!

Katie, Gracie, and Echo

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9 thoughts on “Purple Day 2017

  1. It scares me that Epilepsy is common in Huskies, I never knew that before. Icy is seven and a half now and thankfully she hasn’t had any seizure issues but I do think about it. I know Gracie is in great hands with you, thanks for sharing to help raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  2. I had no idea Siberian Huskies are prone to epilepsy. I was sad to read this however when you mentioned they can live happy lives with this condition, that’s comforting. Happy to know your dog Gracie is thriving.

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  3. I’m glad Gracie is doing well! I always am happy to hear this. I wish you joined in our annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day Blog Hop! I would love for you to have shared Gracie’s story! I hope you and Gracie will join us next year. 🙂 Shortly after his third birthday, my Gibson had his first grand mal seizure. I was so scared and felt the same way when he had his first seizure. I thought I had lost my precious boy. He went on to have cluster seizures and was rushed to the ER, where I almost lost him in the middle of his fourth and fifth seizure in a row. Thank God, he rallied back, and was diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy. Thankfully, even with Epilepsy, these amazing dogs can live happy lives! Gibson not only inspired me to advocate for Canine Epilepsy, he was the inspiration behind my two Canine Epilepsy books and articles. As you stated, sharing experiences and awareness is so important to help each other. Big hugs to Gracie! And may one day they find a cure.

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    1. I truly meant to join your blog hop this year. I had so much going on that I forgot about Purple Day this year until last minute. I would like to join it next year though! Thank you for all you do to raise awareness for our Epi dogs!

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  4. One of my past dogs had seizures, although not caused by epilepsy. It was one of the most frightening things I’ve ever witnessed.

    Glad Gracie has been able to get some relief and live a normal life. Shyla, of Rockin and Rollin in the Rockies has recently been diagnosed with canine epilepsy. Her person has struggled to see her manner and behavior change while they try to figure out the best medication.

    If you know them, perhaps you could share your experience?

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