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3. Seizure Alert

Seizure alert dogs have an innate ability to detect the onset of epileptic seizures sometimes hours in advance. Though canine skill in predicting episodes is a medical mystery, Canine Partners for Life thinks it is a natural instinct, or ability, which some dogs are particularly inclined to act upon most likely, through its sense of smell, the dog is detecting the chemical and electrical changes within a person’s body caused by seizure activity.

2. Animal Assisted Therapy

“One of the most fundamental advantages of animal assisted therapy (AAT) over other therapeutic modalities is that it provides the patient a much-needed opportunity to give affection as well as receive it,” said Dr. Andrew Weil, a specialist in integrative medicine, in an article written for the Delta Society, a non-profit organization that incorporates therapy, service and companion animals into people’s lives.

“It is this reciprocity — rare among medical therapies — that makes AAT a unique and valuable route to healing.”

1. Seeing Eye Guide Dogs

The most publicly familiar pet assistant is the Seeing Eye guide dog. Their training enables visually impaired people to move about safely, and also gives people a greater sense of independence. Guide dog programs originated following World War I to assist impaired veterans, which led to the establishment of The Seeing Eye in 1929, an organization that is still in operation today.

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8:34PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Thank You. Dogs are the best.

12:48PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

gotta love snuggle pets (or any kind really) and service animals really make a difference

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fascinating and interesting facts. Dogs and other animals offer us so much with their companionship and assistance.

At the moment I am owned by a 16-year-old blind cat that is a purrleasure to be around. Have had a few dogs in my life over the years.

6:41PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

6:41PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

3:16PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Thanks for posting!

3:15PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Thanks for posting.

6:28PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

They are good at so many things, and so eager to help us.

2:39PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

We must also think about people helping animals and understand what is wrong if something bother the pet; in my case cat. The experience to have cats as familymembers they communicate with you and in that way we can understand animals. I have understood for long times my cats and also I have given my time to them when the final call is coming to them. They look at me several times in the middle of the struggle of death. And they calm down when they see I am next to them when the time has come.

12:22AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Thank-you for posting the article. Dr. Weil certainly went right to the main point when he said how the Animal Assisted Therapy provides the patient with a means of giving & receiving affection. I don't think that aspect is thought of as much as it needs to be & hence the importance of it gets pushed into the background. Except for those with a heart of stone, humans have a need to exchange affection & it does not have to be with a therapy trained pet. Personally & professionally speaking, I can attest to the value of mutual or reciprocal warm feelings.

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