A seizure dog is a dog that has been trained (or has learnt) to respond to an epileptic episode. Dogs can be taught to be assistance animals for those who suffer from seizures. The legislation preserves the right of persons to utilize service animals in public areas. This includes people who are blind, deaf, or have other physical disabilities.
People with epilepsy may be able to get service dogs. Service dogs provide support to people who have medical conditions, such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. They also provide support to people who are blind, deaf, or have other physical disabilities. Service dogs are different from emotional support animals which some people claim as a reason for bringing their pet with them on an airplane. Emotional support animals should not be allowed on aircraft because they are not permitted by law.
To get a service dog you will need to show that there is a good reason why you need one. You could be eligible if you have epilepsy, are currently being treated for epilepsy, or have a family member who has either of these conditions. Other reasons may include having diabetes, being partially blind, or being partially deaf. If you are approved to get a service dog you will need to find a nonprofit organization that trains these animals and then places them with families who need them. These organizations usually require you to pay monthly fees and cover the cost of training the dog.
Approximately 40% of these dogs displayed similar behaviors in preparation of the seizure. Golden retrievers, Standard Poodles, German Shepherds, Akitas, Rough Collie, Rottweilers, Cairn Terriers, Great Pyrenees, and one mixed-breed dog have this capacity. These are all large, powerful breeds that were used to hunt down prey that included large animals like bears and large fish like salmon. Today these same breeds are used to protect people by detecting the presence of drugs or explosives. They are trained to alert their owners to abnormal behavior such as hearing noises that others cannot or seeing lights that others cannot. The more dangerous the environment is perceived to be, the more vigorously these dogs will react with their alerts.
The first known case of a pet predicting a oncoming seizure was reported by Pasley in 1997. Joseph's owner said that when he had a seizure, his pet cocker spaniel would roll over and put its head between its legs. He said that during the week leading up to the seizure, the dog would do this several times, but on the weekend it would always its head between its legs and have a seizure on Sunday night or Monday morning.
This example shows how our pets can help us understand things about ourselves and our world. In this case, the cocker spaniel was able to tell someone who lived with him every day what time to expect a seizure to happen.
Puppies having seizures can be a frightening event for both you and your pets. While puppy seizures are uncommon, canine seizures and epilepsy in dogs can have a variety of causes, symptoms, and treatments. Seizures are the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. They can occur as isolated events (or "episodes") or in repetitive patterns ("seizure types"). Epilepsy is defined as having two or more episodes of seizure activity occurring more than 24 hours apart.
Canine seizures can be divided into three main categories: generalized, focal, and complex.
Generalized seizures involve a sudden change in muscle tone without any apparent focus of damage. These are the most serious type of seizure and usually indicate another medical problem as well. Common examples include status epilepticus (continuous seizure activity for more than 30 minutes) and eclampsia (a severe form of hypertension that can lead to seizures).
Focal seizures involve only part of the brain and cannot therefore be seen from outside the animal. They may be simple or complex. Simple focal seizures cause behavioral changes but no physical harm to the animal. Complex focal seizures cause physical injury such as biting or head shaking and can also lead to long-term cognitive problems.
If your dog's seizures are caused by a structural intracranial lesion, the condition will most likely worsen. This indicates that it will deteriorate with time. Idiopathic epilepsy might occur as a result of functional abnormalities in your dog's brain. In this case, his or her condition should improve or remain the same over time.
A seizure is a clinical manifestation of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It can be either general or focal in nature. General seizures are those that involve both sides of the brain and all parts of it. They are also called grand mal seizures because they resemble what people call "grand slams" in tennis. Focal seizures affect only part of the brain and usually do not cause you to lose consciousness. Focal seizures can be simple or complex. Simple focal seizures are characterized by a sudden change of behavior or mental state without any apparent harm done by them. Complex focal seizures are more severe and can lead to death due to loss of consciousness. Focal seizures can also be referred to as paroxysmal events if they occur frequently (at least twice a day for several days) in the same region of the brain.
Your dog has seizures if he or she has two or more epileptic episodes within a period of 24 hours. Epilepsy is a chronic condition that can cause seizures to occur repeatedly.