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Epilepsy Alert Dog

Hey,

What do you guys think about those seizure alert dogs? Anyone have one? Idk what someone would need to qualify. Just lookin for some info.

-Karylin

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Re: Epilepsy Alert Dog

We have four dogs but it is only one that is aware of my fits. I was once bathing with the bathroom door closed and started having a fit. My friend says the dog suddenly started "going mad". He ran up and down between the bathroom and her study about three times before she realised something was wrong and came running. Fortunately she got there in time.

Now when I am in the bath (always with the door open) this dog will check up on me if I just clear my throat. I have to tell him I am okay and he will walk off again.

Natasha

Re: Epilepsy Alert Dog

We have four dogs but it is only one that is aware of my fits. I was once bathing with the bathroom door closed and started having a fit. My friend says the dog suddenly started "going mad". He ran up and down between the bathroom and her study about three times before she realised something was wrong and came running. Fortunately she got there in time.

Now when I am in the bath (always with the door open) this dog will check up on me if I just clear my throat. I have to tell him I am okay and he will walk off again.

Natasha

Re: Epilepsy Alert Dog

I actually just had one in the shower last week, but luckily my dad was there and heard me drop. I just know the trained dogs are really expensive from what i heard. So I just wanted to get someones opinion on it. I would love to have a dog like yours. I just dont know how to go about it.

Re: Epilepsy Alert Dog

I recently met a mother and daughter team who own a wonderful organization called Canine Partners for Life.  (You'll have to Google it, the new spam filter will not let me post the link.) The daughter has intractable epilepsy and has an uncountable number of seizures per day.  (She also volunteers for the EFA.)

"Seizure alert dogs are able to predict seizure activity anywhere from several minutes to an hour before the seizure occurs. This is a natural instinct, or ability, which some dogs are particularly inclined to act upon and it is CPL's job to select those dogs in our service dog program who demonstrate this characteristic.

The actual ability to detect is not trained by our staff, but is instead positively reinforced when we see the dog exhibiting behaviors indicating their awareness of upcoming seizure activity. We are unsure how these dogs know that a seizure is approaching. Most likely, through its sense of smell, the dog is detecting the chemical and electrical changes within a person's body caused by seizure activity.

The dogs are permitted to alert in the manner most comfortable to them as long as it is safe for everyone involved. Often, a dog will nudge/bump/paw its partner, or give a small whine. If the person is walking, the dog will interfere with the person's movement, blocking their path and causing them to stop. These dogs are very reliable and consistent in their work. Their alerts are typically the same amount of time prior to each seizure which gives a sense of control and management to the human partner.

The primary benefit to the recipient is that the human partners are able to manage their activity around the time of a seizure. If their dog typically alerts 30 minutes prior, this gives them time to get to a safe place, stop unsafe activities, or notify someone that the seizure is about to occur. This makes life safer, more predictable, and much more independent!

Examples:

  • The seizure alert dog alerts, and its partner leaves the swimming
    pool which would be an unsafe environment in which to have a seizure.
  • A seizure alert dog alerts, and its partner, who is an auto mechanic, turns off his tools and goes to lay quietly on a mat.
  • A seizure alert dog alerts and its partner calls her husband or medical personnel. They know that if they do not hear from the human partner within a certain amount of time they need to provide assistance.

Not all people who have seizures are good candidates for a seizure alert dog. A recipient must have several seizures per month and must have the cognitive ability to learn dog training theory, and to recognize and respond to an alert.

In addition to providing the alerts to an impending seizure, seizure alert dogs also provide balance and stability to their partners following the seizure, can retrieve the telephone or operate a medic line, and assist with any other tasks needed."      Phylis Feiner Johnson    www.epilepsytalk.com

 

Re: Epilepsy Alert Dog

Creative work. I could use the savings in ever load. You just have to spend some time in doing it. Of course, cheap means you have to do some of the work. Family Watch Dog

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