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.