Seizure Alert Dogs and Seizure Response Service Dogs
Alert, comfort, and assist
Seizures can take different forms and affect people in many different ways. Seizure discharges are often referred to as electrical storms in the brain. Some people are aware of an oncoming seizure while others have no warning and the seizure starts with a loss of consciousness.
During a seizure, the person often blacks out or seems distracted and confused. Their senses are altered, and so smells, sounds, tastes, and sights might seem different. They may have a hard time talking and be unable to control their movements. Twitching and jerky movements might occur or the person could suddenly become very rigid, causing him/her to fall.
Once the seizure is over, some people recover immediately while others take minutes or hours to feel back to normal. A person might be slow to respond, seem confused, sleepy or dizzy. They might have memory loss, feel depressed, sad, upset, scared, anxious or embarrassed and frustrated. They might be bruised from a fall or impact on objects. They may be thirsty, have a headache or an urgent need to go to the bathroom.
What does the dog do during a seizure?
Training is adapted to the person’s needs
With so many variations, every seizure dog must be specialized for their specific person.
Although we can’t guarantee the alert due to the different types of seizures and variations between people, our seizure alert dogs are trained to alert to an oncoming seizure. We’ve had a solid success rate so far with our very unique training methods. The alert gives time to their person to lie down and avoid injury. At Medical Mutts, we don’t like to make claims that we cannot stand by and are currently involved in an international study on the subject with hopes to advance the knowledge and science in this field.
When the seizure happens, a seizure dog can be taught to:
Lie down against the person during the seizure to prevent injury and provide comfort;
Press a button to call 911 or a relative;
Get medication, food or a drink after the seizure;
Provide comfort and companionship;
Act as a brace to help the person get up.
In addition to their skills to help with seizures, our seizure alert dogs and seizure response dogs are taught all the behaviors required to pass the Public Access Test and meet or exceed the minimum standards of training established by the International Association of Assistance Dogs Partners (IAADP). You’ll be able to safely and reliably take your service dog to work, to school, to the mall, restaurant, etc.