Hi! My name is Peg Plumpkin, of Yorkshire Terrier. I Want to thank you for stopping by.. BUG is my best friend and companion. And since we live together, we do just about everything together... Let me tell you, living with an epileptic dog can be worrisome for other household pets, too.
Sometimes, when a seizure may be coming, I think I see BUG's aura change before Mommy and AuntiMommy do. My little ears go up and I have to go sniff BUG alll over because that helps my family know something is wrong. Then I watch over BUG while they give him honey and ice cubes and other stuff to make him feel better.. I, on the other hand, have to wait FOREVER to be rewarded for my help.
When Mommy is done helping with BUG, she always picks me up and comforts me and tells me what a good dog I am because she knows I worry about him and I get nervous too. I get a nosh FINALLY and all is well.
Me and BUG, mostly we sleep. Seriously, what dog doesn't, but an epileptic dog's sleep is very important, especially after I have had to sniff him and all. If he is really tired, he lays in the doggie bed in his mommy's room so I have to go in there to check on him once in awhile.. if I think somebody should check him too, I will give her a little bark from AuntiMommy's room. But once he comes out to the living room to stretch out, I try to get to the biggest bed before he does... there's only room for ONE dive in this house!!
Don't get me wrong, BUG and I share LOTS of things, like chicken-apple treats. BUG eats the apple and I eat the chicken! I think he is mostly vegetarian. (Is that a Pom thing?) We get great kibble and treats. My mom doesn't like it when I eat fish jerky though....mmmmm...it's Yum City at our house! My philosophy is, "He who abandons his treat, loses!" Sometimes I like to just put a treat on the floor in front of me and tease BUG with it. You know, look away like I forgot it was there.. let him get closer.. Then I pick it up and run while BUG comes chasing, barking all the way. It's really great fun, especially since I am smaller and can hide in places where he can't. Unfortunately, BUG's mom found my treat stash under my mom's bed. Guess I have to start all over again.
I guess what I want to tell you is that you may have other pets in your house that are affected by your dog's seizures as well. Please remember to reassure them, too, that all is okay.
I would love to hear from you. As the diva of Yorkshire Terrier, I have many opinions on doggie-ness so contact me if you have a question about living with an epileptic dog, or if you have a story you would like to share.
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