Seizure Alert Dogs
Epilepsy is the most common neurological illness, with over 600,000 cases in the UK. 30% of people with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures through medication. Instead they live with the fear of an oncoming seizure which can occur at any time. This fear affects everything they do, limiting their independence and ability to live an active life.
Seizure Alert Dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning up to 50 minutes prior to an oncoming seizure. They give time for their owner to find a place of safety and privacy as they have their seizure.
1000 people with epilepsy die each year and research suggests that most of these deaths are sudden and unexpected. The warning provided by a seizure alert dog means that a client can remove themselves from any danger and have a seizure in a safe environment.
With the confidence that they will be alerted in advance of any seizure, our clients are able to live more independently. Day to day tasks, including going to the shops, cooking, ironing and having a bath that would previously have been hazardous, are now manageable on their own and in safety.
Support Dogs is the only organisation in the UK to provide and train Seizure Alert Dogs.
Please click here to read our Seizure Alert info pack. This provides information to enable you to assess whether you are suitable for a seizure alert dog.
Unfortunately due to a high demand and an extensive waiting list, we are currently unable to accept new applicants for this programme.
However, please do keep checking the website for updates of when the application process for this programme reopens. You can also complete the form below to request an email alert when it reopens and to get other updates from the charity.
Please note: We do not consider training pet dogs for our Seizure Alert Programme. We acknowledge that some pet dogs may alert their owners prior to an epileptic seizure by displaying a range of behaviours. In some instances, when a dog learns this task himself, these behaviours could be a result of negative association around the seizure.