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25 June 2010

Dogs protect epileptic kids

Proving again that they're man's best friend, many dogs apparently have the ability to alert families minutes or even hours in advance of a child's oncoming epileptic seizure.

Proving again that they're man's best friend, many dogs apparently have the ability to alert families minutes or even hours in advance of a child's oncoming epileptic seizure.

Some of the stories
Presenting their findings in thejournal Neurology, Kirton and his colleagues told of incidents gleaned from interviews with 122 dog-owning families of children with epilepsy. Among their stories:

  • A Sheltie-Spitz cross was consistently able to predict an oncoming seizure in a toddler and would sit on the child to prevent her from standing just before an attack.
  • Fifteen minutes prior to an epileptic attack in a young girl, an Akita would forcibly push the child away from stairs to prevent her from falling.
  • Sensing an attack later in the day, a Great Pyrenees would follow a three-year-old throughout the house in the hours before a convulsion, without pausing for food or drink. The same dog would also forcibly sit on the girl's eight-year-old sister - also an epileptic - minutes before she had a type of seizure that involved confused wandering.

 
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