04 November 2016

Virtual Coffee and Cake for Everyone - "Living with Canine Epilepsy" Turns 1 Today!

I am changing things up this week, as I have gotten away from posting twice a week, due to time constraints. But this week is special, because my fifth book Living with Canine Epilepsy turns 1 today!  Can you believe it? One year ago, my canine health book was published. 

To all my readers you have been following me over the past five years of my writing journey, thank you for all your support, encouragement, and enthusiasm! You make the hard work worthwhile, and I could not have done it without you. If I have not "met" you yet, make sure you head over to one of my social media outlets and introduce yourself. Thank you for celebrating with me!  =)

About the book:

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy, a condition that not only affects over 65 million people worldwide but also touches the lives of up to six percent of the global canine population and their human families. In fact, epilepsy is the most diagnosed neurological disorder. This is only a rough estimate since many cases of canine epilepsy remain undiscovered by the respective dog owners as their canine companions often experience their seizures when they are inactive, most often late at night or during the early morning hours.  

So, what are the odds that a newly-wed couple would adopt two unrelated dogs, and both develop epilepsy? In case you are wondering, based on some rough calculations, the odds were 3 in 1000. They never intended to adopt to handicapped canine companions, yet somehow they ended up with two dogs that out of nowhere began to convulse one day. First recognized in ancient times, Hippocrates referred to epilepsy as the sacred disease. However, nothing about it seems “sacred”! Watching a beloved pet suffer a seizure can be an extremely traumatic event. Learning to live with an animal with complex health issues is never easy; learning to live with two dogs with severe epilepsy can seem like an overwhelming task.

Epilepsy manifests in frightening ways, causing a dog to experience sudden, uncontrolled attacks. Living with canine epilepsy can be a daunting prospect, but with some help from a veterinarian and planning on part of the pet owner these dogs can lead a relatively normal life. Common sense combined with medicine can make this disorder manageable. If you are new to dealing with a pet with epilepsy, take a step back and don’t forget to breath! While no one can promise that everything will be alright, the author can tell you from personal experience that sticking with your pet(s) and getting them on a proper medication regimen can lead to many hours of happiness and beautiful memories. 

This book is not meant to be a diagnostic tool or replacement for proper veterinary care but recounts the author’s experiences with this disorder. It expresses personal views, opinions and beliefs of the author. A pet’s health care is an individual matter, and pet owners should consult a veterinary professional for guidance. Living with Canine Epilepsy (Paperback edition ISBN-13: 9781514263198, ISBN-10: 151426319X, Kindle Edition ASIN: B017GGWFM6) is now available for purchase at amazon.com and other fine online retailers.

So, when you are ready to bring a furry companion into your home or your current fur baby develops this neurological disorder, don't automatically pass up the one with canine epilepsy or think that euthanasia is your only option. Just because a dog has health issues does not mean they cannot live a full life or won't be able to provide you with unconditional love every day. Give them a chance at a meaningful existence...canine epilepsy does not have to be a death sentence!

by A. Piper Burgi

Piper is the author of military lifestyle books and RV travel journals. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.


  1. You are so correct, Piper. My husband & I would never shy away from a special needs dog. We have had several companions with disabilities like diabetes, blindness, hip dyslplasia & cancer. Everyone deserves a chance.

    1. Exactly! Every dog deserves a chance at a good life, even the ones with special needs. =)