Seizure-alerting and -response behaviors in dogs living with epileptic children

Adam Kirton, Elaine Wirrell, James Zhang, Lorie Hamiwka

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There is little evidence for the ability of dogs to anticipate human seizures. Families of epileptic children were surveyed to investigate seizure-related behaviors in dogs. Approximately 40% of families owned a dog, about 40% of these had seizure-specific behavior, and about 40% of these (approximately 15% overall) showed anticipatory ability. Anticipation occurred early and was both sensitive and specific. Quality of life was higher in families with a dog that responded to seizures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2303-2305
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 22 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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