Charities call for more ‘seizure alert’ dogs
Hannah Barker with her Assistance Dog, Milo
LEADING CHARITIES are calling for more funding to train ‘seizure alert’ dogs during National Epilepsy Week.
Up to 500,000 people in the UK have the condition and while many can be treated with drugs, there are still only 70 dogs trained to help the others.
The case of one affected person was highlighted in an ITV news report. Hannah Baker has severe uncontrolled epilepsy and before she was given her poodle Milo, she suffered up to 80 seizures a day. She now has around ten a day and injuring herself is a thing of the past.
Milo can detect changes in Hannah up to ten minutes before she has a seizure.
She said: ‘What it could be is my eyes flickering or skin tone. But what I think it is, is my eyes flickering or me spacing out. So what he does is just to sit in front of me and won't budge until my seizure has come and gone. And I'm safe. He's given me a life.’
The Support Dogs Centre trains seizure alert dogs, many of whom have been rescued from dog shelters and who themselves suffer from separation anxiety.