looking for info on seizure alert dogs and..........

Nicole - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my three and a half year old son just recently got diagnosed with epilepsy on his third birthday... it has been a rough six months... in the begining of the summer he would have a gtc (grand mal) everyday. now they seem to be once a week. well anyways... i have been told by many people that i should look into getting him a seizure alert dog.... does anyone have any links that i could look at... my other question is he has started to voice that he wants to sleep alone.. ( i have been sleeping by him due to gtc activity in his sleep..) can anyone tell me about different sensors or alarms that i can rig up to his bed......

well thanks for looking....





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Libby - posted on 11/01/2009

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Thank you so much for this recommendation. I'll definitely look at that website when I get a chance. Thanks again!

Kelly - posted on 11/01/2009

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Libby/Nichole/ others: I also JUST found this website/non-profit organization that places seizure alert dogs iwith you for free if you meet income qualifications!! The website is www.canineassistants.org . They may even help with vet expenses and food expenses later. If you qualify for a trained dog to be placed in your home, you go to their facility in GA for two weeks to learn about your dog and they may also cover meals and boarding during your stay!!! Those with seizures can apply for a dog!!! You bring the dog home free of charge after the two weeks. Look into it!!!!! They are a trustworthy organization sponsored by Milkbone, Delta Airlines and other large companies! If you can't afford a dog, maybe you can qualify for one free of charge.



http://www.canineassistants.org

Libby - posted on 10/31/2009

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Thanks so much for this helpful advice. I've also been really interested in seizure dogs lately, and was completely overwhelmed by the price aspect looking at the websites. Thanks for the information about golden retrievers. That was great. I will continue to check back here if anyone else has any more info. Thanks again!

Kelly - posted on 10/26/2009

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http://www.pawswithacause.org



We also are looking into a seizure alert dog..however- we have been told by our epilepsy foundation that they are a relatively new "thing" and can't be soley depended on as being "trained" to detect a seizure. dogs cannot be "trained" to detect them- they sense them. We were told it could be waste of money. We were also told it would be best to adopt a Golden Retriever, Border Collie or a Himalayan. We were told Goldens are by far the best because they have acute senses and can pick up on shifts in brain electrical acitivity. It comes to them naturally- no need to train. Get a puppy and rear it with your child. Over time the dog will become keen on your childs needs.

Goldens are used as "trained" seizure alert dogs. Get one yourself and don't pay so much for a trained one...it will grow to protect your son.

Nicole - posted on 10/22/2009

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thanks for responding.... i am still looking into it.... i too will share what i can find.... hope all is well with everyone...

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4pawsforability is very expensive, you have to do several fundraisers and still may not qualify. I am looking into the same thing and will share any info I find.

Samantha - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hi Nicole, I am looking into seizure alert dogs too. I am in Australia and while researching found this link in the US: http://www.4pawsforability.org/seizuredo... Sounds really good, but I dont have this in Aus unfortunately, so have to keep looking!

My daughter Bronte is on three diff meds to try and control sz, she has them mainly at night so I got a video baby monitor so I can hear and see her. There are also sz alarms you can get that go off when there is unusual movement in bed, or a stop in breathing, but as they arent very violent and fairly short

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