Seizure response dog

Seizure response dog

A Seizure Response Dog can be brought to restaurants or other businesses.
Service dog for a boy with autism and seizures calms him during hospital stay.

Seizure response dog (SRD) (also known as seizure dog) is a dog demonstrating specific assisting behaviour during or immediately after a person's epileptic seizure.[1][2] When reliably trained such dogs can serve as service dogs for people with epilepsy.[3] Tasks for seizure dogs may include, but are not limited to:[4][5][6]

  • Find someone to help
  • Activate an emergency response system
  • Stimulate a person
  • Act as a brace to help the person up
  • Retrieve a phone or medication
  • Provide comfort

A dog demonstrating specific behaviour prior to a persons epileptic seizure is also referred to as seizure alert dog (SAD).[7][2][8] Reports suggest that some dogs can be trained to anticipate epileptic seizures.[3][7] However, this ability has been questioned.[9][10][11]

Seizure response and seizure alerting behaviour may spontaneously develop in dogs living with children and adults with epilepsy.[1][2][8]


  1. ^ a b Di Vito L1, Naldi I, Mostacci B, Licchetta L, Bisulli F, Tinuper P (2010). "A seizure response dog: video recording of reacting behaviour during repetitive prolonged seizures". Epileptic Disord 12 (2): 142-5. PMID 20472528. doi:10.1684/epd.2010.0313. 
  2. ^ a b c Kirton A1, Wirrell E, Zhang J, Hamiwka L (2004). "Seizure-alerting and -response behaviors in dogs living with epileptic children". Neurology 62 (12): 2303–5. PMID 15210902. doi:10.1212/wnl.62.12.2303. 
  3. ^ a b Kirton A1, Winter A, Wirrell E, Snead OC (2008). "Seizure response dogs: evaluation of a formal training program". Epilepsy Behav 13 (3): 499-504. PMID 18595778. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.05.011. 
  4. ^ "Seizure Dogs". Paws With A Cause. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Seizure response dogs with special training". Canine Assistants. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Seizure Dogs". Epilepsy foundation. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  7. ^ a b Strong V, Brown S, Walker R (1999). "Seizure-alert dogs--fact or fiction?". Seizure 8 (1): 62–5. PMID 10091851. doi:10.1053/seiz.1998.0250. 
  8. ^ a b Dalziel DJ1, Uthman BM, Mcgorray SP, Reep RL (2003). "Seizure-alert dogs: a review and preliminary study". Seizure 12 (2): 115-20. PMID 12566236. doi:10.1016/S105913110200225X. 
  9. ^ Doherty, MJ; Haltiner, AM (Jan 23, 2007). "Wag the dog: skepticism on seizure alert canines.". Neurology 68 (4): 309. PMID 17242343. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000252369.82956.a3. 
  10. ^ Ortiz R, Liporace J (2005). "Seizure-alert dogs: observations from an inpatient video/EEG unit". Epilepsy Behav 6 (4): 620–622. PMID 15907758. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2005.02.012. 
  11. ^ Krauss GL, Choi JS, Lesser RP (2007). "Pseudoseizure dogs". Neurology 68 (4): 308–309. PMID 17242342. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000250345.23677.6b. 

External links

  • Seizure-alert dogs National Geographic News article