Source: Medscape

A recent study reveals that working with medically trained service dogs reduces seizures by 31% compared to standard care in treatment-resistant epilepsy cases. Researchers suggest that the dogs may alleviate stress, a common trigger for seizures, leading to fewer episodes, though this relationship needs further investigation. Despite advancements in medication, up to 30% of epilepsy patients suffer persistent seizures, which severely impacts their quality of life. The study involved 25 participants with frequent seizures who either worked with trained service dogs or received usual care.

Those with service dogs experienced a significant reduction in seizures, with some achieving 50%-100% fewer episodes. In addition, their quality of life improved, as measured by health-related surveys. Although the findings highlight the benefits of seizure dogs, the study acknowledges that not everyone may benefit, citing a high dropout rate. The study’s small sample size and attrition rate are noted limitations. This research underscores the potential of service dogs in enhancing the lives of epilepsy patients, addressing both medical and psychosocial aspects of the condition.

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