Epilepsy is an intermittent disorder of the nervous system due presumably to a sudden, excessive, disorderly discharge of cerebral neurons. This discharge results in an almost instantaneous disturbance of sensation, loss of consciousness, convulsive movements, or some combination thereof. A study conducted by Canadian researchers has revealed that dogs can sense when a child is about to have an epileptic fit.
According to them dogs can not only prevent their charges from the hazards of falling or choking, but also help them deal with other debilitating effects of the disease.
Nine of the 60 dogs in the study were able to predict with amazing accuracy a seizure by licking, whimpering, or standing next to the child.