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Dogs predict seizures

21st July 2010

Seizure alert dogs are being trained to predict when a patient is likely to have an epileptic seizure.

Sheffield Support Dogs is the only charity in the UK to train seizure alert dogs with the £10,000 cost of training each being raised entirely through donations. Unlike hearing dogs for the deaf and guide dogs for the blind, seizure alert dogs' function is not just to assist but to predict as well. While it is not clear how they do this, there may be micro expressions dogs pick up which precede a seizure.

 

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