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DOGS FOR EPILEPSY PATIENTS

There are service dogs, therapy dogs, and seizure dogs.  Dog are amazing!  Service dogs can be for autism, hearing, mobility, and psychiatric service.

Seizure dogs can be response and/or alert.  Seizure alert dogs are able to detect when a seizure is going to occur.  It’s amazing that a dog can tell a difference in your motor skills and changes in your smell ten to twenty minutes before the seizure occurs.  Only fifteen percent of dogs have the ability to foresee a seizure.

Seizure response dogs are trained.  They are trained to help or assist during or after a seizure.  These dogs can call 911 by pushing a button on the phone, turn a person on their side to keep them from choking, or alert someone by barking.  They also can help people who are in postictal state.  Postictal state is the time after a seizure where the person is sleepy, confused, or disoriented.  The dog can help a person get up and lead them to a chair or a place to lie down.  While with this person after six months, the response dog can become alert and can foresee a seizure.

I find myself lucky.  My dog is an alert dog.  He didn’t have to be trained.  I have an aura before my seizure.  After noticing  “Scooter” staying close to me when I would have an aura or have a seizure, I knew he was my seizure dog.  There is a long waiting list for seizure dogs.  They are also expensive.

Every year, the physician’s office that I volunteer for has a dog show.  They raise money for seizure dogs.  The owners come to the show with their dogs dressed up.  One year I saw two dogs dressed up like Minnie and Mickey Mouse.  I’ll post pictures after the show.

Thank you service dog central, http://www.servicedogcentral.org/content/changes for the information.

 

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