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.
Top 10 Pet Assistants originally appeared on petMD.com