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How to Help Dogs With Epilepsy

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Why do dogs get seizures? What do you do if your dog has a seizure? What breeds can get Canine Epilepsy? Can a dog live a happy life with seizures or epilepsy? Do you know how to help dogs with epilepsy? These are just some of the questions that you can get answers to at the area’s first Canine Epilepsy Expo and Fundraiser, hosted by the Empire State Snow Dogs Club, that will be held at the Petco® at 2300 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, New York 11040 on Saturday, July 18th from 2:30 – 6:30 PM. All breeds of dogs welcome!

Proceeds from the event will be donated by the Empire State Snow Dog Club via the FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong K9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign (new website coming:, currently in a 50/50 split to the  Canine Epilepsy Resources/Epil-K9 Foundation’s Emma’s Seizure Fund through the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine ~and~ The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy , which offers financial assistance for medications to parents/rescuers/fosters of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy.

Book Signing! Special guest will be author/radio host/Siberian Husky blogger Dorothy Wills-Raftery who will be signing copies of her books EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy, the illustrated children’s FiveSibes™ Tales: What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley, and also her Buddy, the Christmas Husky~A True Holiday Miracle. Wills-Raftery was just named “Best in Print Author 2015” by American Pet Magazine. A portion from each of her books is donated to either a Siberian Husky or Canine Epilepsy non-profit organization. She also authors the internationally top-ranked award-winning FiveSibes blog; and has published numerous national magazine articles on Canine Epilepsy awareness. Wills-Raftery is also the administrator of the FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews community Facebook page, where 12K+ fans enjoy the photos, videos, and news information about Siberian Huskies, canine healthcare, healthy recipes, dog food recalls, Canine Epilepsy, and much more she share with her followers. Wills-Raftery, known to her canine fans as the “FiveSibesMom,” is also the host of “The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show based in the Hudson Valley, New York, and produced by Dog Works Radio in Willow, Alaska. Her 9-year-old Epi-dog (canine epileptic) “Gibson,” was diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy when he was three, and is the inspiration behind her books and the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign. Wills-Raftery is in her fifth year of being an international Purple Day® for Epilepsy Awareness Ambassador, and is also a volunteer Case Manager for The Wally Foundation for Canine Epilepsy, counseling Epi-dog families along their journey.

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Love “Max” the Movie? If you loved the Warner Bros. movie “Max” about a Military Service Dog that was just released to theaters, then you’ll love helping out our four-legged K9 soldiers serving in the Armed Forces! Come visit our booth where we will be accepting donated items to send to the U.S. War Dog Association for the military dog teams serving our country! Check out the Empire State SnowDogs Club of America U.S. War Dogs Association Wish List on for ideas for items to donate! (Visit:

Meet The Husky  Brothers ! If you are a Husky lover and live in Long Island and New York, then you probably know the beautiful Husky Brothers, stars of their own book and The Husky Brothers Facebook page. Come up and meet them and their hu-mom, the Empire State Snow Dog Clubs’ Jodi Ekberg!

You Could be on “The Sibe Vibe” on Dog Works Radio Show! Segments of the Expo & Fundraiser will be taped for an upcoming episode of Wills-Raftery’s July episode of her radio show! You can check out previous shows at: and look for “The Sibe Vibe” show tab!

Vendor Booth Available! Do you have art and wares to sell? Then we have a space for you! Vendor space is $25. Please bring your own tables, chairs & tents. Vendor deadline is July 7th! To reserve space, Email: or Phone: (516) 641-3017 or (516) 641-2260.

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Paint a Pumpkin, Raise Awareness! Bring your cameras! Come take your own pic of your dog at the Purple Pumpkin Booth with a purple pumpkin, or you can draw and color one, and it could be included in an upcoming FiveSibes video for October’s Purple Pumpkin Project for the Epilepsy Foundation! Details at the booth!

Meet Some Petco Adoptable Dogs! Thinking about adding a dog to your family? Come meet with some amazing adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes! Bring a leash or two for a possible new family member!

Raise Some Funds! Raise Some Awareness! Have Some Fun! There will be handouts on Canine Epilepsy for folks interested in learning more. Affiliated with a vet’s office? We’d love for you to come and help us spread the word! Plus, monies raised throughout the day will benefit dogs with Canine Epilepsy across the world through two great organizations listed above!

Says Wills-Raftery, “Education is key. Whether we are talking about breed education or Canine Epilepsy. The more we know, the more we can help dogs live longer, healthier, happier lives. And…hopefully, help dogs with special needs, such as seizures, be adopted.” Wills-Raftery continues by saying, “Once euthanasia was the recommendation for dogs with epilepsy. That is so not the case today. With some special care and a lot of love, dogs can—and DO—live full, happy lives with Canine Epilepsy. Today, there is so much information and so many resources available. There are many different types of treatments to try ranging from pharmaceutical to dietary to holistic therapies. And there are some wonderful support groups with members all willing to share their experiences, knowledge, and support,” says Wills-Raftery, adding, “The important thing to know is, if your dog has seizures or is diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy, that you are not alone in this journey. These dogs deserve a chance at a happy and full life. And the tremendous love you receive back from these amazing warrior dogs is what makes it all worthwhile.”

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  1. I have never known (to my knowledge) a dog with epilepsy but have known people with the disease. I am sure it must be a difficult illness for dog and those who love them to deal with. It is great that there are awareness events such as this one!

  2. I have never known a dog to have epilepsy and I did not know dogs have the potential to have this condition until after reading this post. I have so much to consider before buying a new pet.

  3. Carol and Dex, thank you SO much for helping to spread the awareness about Canine Epilepsy and for this post! We whole-heartily appreciate all the support! <3

  4. I have only seen one dog in my life that was epileptic. It had a seizure right in front of me. I freaked out! I didn’t know what to do. Now that you have shared your advice, I will know better next time.

  5. Seizures can be really scary. We have a dog who has seizures once in a while. They don’t last very long, fortunately, and don’t happen very often, but it is hard to watch.

  6. My dog had his 1st seizure 12 days ago he had convulsions. The convulsions went on for less than 2 minutes. I don’t know what triggers them, He gets fidgety prior to having a seizure and paces quite a bit, Winter is always the roughest time for him as he can have up to 1 seizure per week (not much when compared with what some other poor dogs). He was in worse shape on the meds than he was with the seizures, so we elected to not medicate him. i read hundreds of blogs and websites It was during a casual conversation with a friend that I learned about doctor Benson Wooley, she gave me his contact. I contacted he i explain everything to him and make purchase of the herbal product. we had full expectation that my dog will find total rest from seizures, 2 months using herbal treatment, his seizures totally reduced. After finishing his treatment, more than 1 years now, he has been totally seizure free. he have not experienced a single seizures after using Herbal treatment. his medicine does not have any side effect. If you want to contact him at mail: doctor_benson_wooley

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