Posted on a fascinating blog Damn Interesting! today, is a article regarding the uncanny ability of some dogs to predict seizures in those who have epilepsy. As a dog lover, I find the following particularly touching:
One of the most surprising facets of finding that dogs could predict a seizure was that it seemed that without any training the dog would signal that the seizure was coming by barking, whining, pacing, or the usual dog-things; there is at least one instance of a dog bringing his owner pillows, and another where a dog would grab his owner’s pants and pull him to lay on the ground. Dogs trained to help a person in the aftermath of a seizure show these predicting traits more often than dogs without training.
It takes the concept of “Man’s Best Friend” to another level. I might be recommending that my epilepsy patients get a dog. 🙂