To inform and alert their handlers about an oncoming seizure service dogs are helpful.
They catch signals for their handlers 10-20 minutes before the seizure happens.
It gives a person an opportunity to move to safer place to take medication or to call help.
Seizure Alert Dogs are also trained to help their handlers by:
- Rolling the person over to create an open airway
- Clearing vomit from the mouth
- Retrieving medication
- Getting help from nearby
- Operating a call button or emergency number
- Blocking a handler with postictal disorientation from stairs and intersections
- Assisting the handler to get up
- Leading the disoriented handler to a safe location or a preset person
Seizure alert dogs are also seizure response dogs.
Seizure alert dogs are not trained specifically to alert to seizure attacks.