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The Ultimate Seizure-Predicting Dog Quiz
by Staff
Can dogs predict seizures? Can they successfully alert their owners when an attack is imminent? The debate continues in the medical community until the matter can be proven. Meanwhile, take this quiz and learn about whether dogs can predict seizures.

Which of these can cause epilepsy?

  • head trauma
  • brain malformation
  • both of the above

What is the most common characteristic of epilepsy?

  • involuntary seizures
  • predictable spasm attacks
  • daytime hallucination

Dogs that help their owners during and after a seizure are called:

  • seizure aid dogs
  • seizure alert dogs
  • seizure response dogs

According to owners of seizure alert dogs, how much warning time can the dogs give?

  • 15-30 minutes
  • 30-45 minutes
  • 45-60 minutes

How do dogs alert their owners to an impending seizure?

  • They bark.
  • They each have different methods.
  • They paw at the ground.

Why do some dogs lie next to or on top of their owners when the latter are about to have a seizure?

  • in order to minimize the extent of the seizure
  • in order to give comfort or prevent injury
  • in order to give warmth and companionship

Which of these is a valid theory as to how dogs are able to predict seizures?

  • Their combined devotion and love toward their master propels them to predict trouble.
  • Their superior sense of smell alerts them to an imminent attack.
  • Their successful seizure-alert training helps them to predict a seizure.

How do they train seizure alert dogs?

  • with six-month-long training workshops
  • they don't
  • using a food reward system

A small study discussed in the European Journal of Epilepsy claimed success in training dogs for seizure alert. How much does the medical community accept the results of this study as reliable?

  • The jury is still out on this one, i.e. it hasn't been proven one way or another.
  • The medical community discounts the results as unreliable.
  • The medical community accepts the results as reliable scientific evidence.

In a 2007 study, what happened when the dog gave warning signals of an impending seizure?

  • The owner didn't understand the warning signals , so they were futile.
  • The dog saved the person's life because of its actions.
  • It actually triggered a seizure.

It seems that some dogs mistake epileptic seizures for another medical condition. What is it?

  • psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES)
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

What do medical professionals believe with regard to giving seizure alert dogs to people?

  • that the government should ban this practice
  • that the system should be regulated with stringent requirements
  • that the dogs should be sold to those who need them rather than given away

How long does it take to train a seizure response dog?

  • one year
  • two years
  • four years

Does insurance cover the cost of a seizure response dog?

  • no, usually not
  • yes, usually
  • no, never

Of the 100 organizations devoted to training service dogs in the U.S., how many of them train seizure dogs?

  • only 20
  • about 50
  • almost 80