How to Get Qualified for a Seizure Service Dog

If your suffer from epilepsy, you may qualify for a seizure service dog. Though time-consuming, the procedure is relatively simple. You just need to gather all the relevant documents and apply at a service dog program of your choosing.

Qualify as as a serious epileptic. According to the the Social Security Administration's official listing for epilepsy, you will only qualify as a convulsive epileptic if you suffer from at least one seizure per month and a non-convulsive epileptic if you suffer from at least one seizure per week. If you don't meet these requirements but can prove your condition interferes with your day-to-day living, you may also qualify under medical-vocational guidelines.

Choose a service animal program at pet partners. These programs train dogs to deal with all types of disabilities, including seizures.When choosing the right program there are a two things you should consider: first, if Assistant Dog International has endorsed the program and, second, how long the program has been in operation. Remember, there are always companies offering short cuts.

Apply at the service dog program with all necessary documents. Be prepared to be interviewed. Once you have completed the application you will have to wait a few weeks before you find out if they have accepted you. If a program rejects your application, the Delta Society suggests you "don't give up ... another trainer may have different requirements."

Items you will need

  • Diagnosis of epilepsy from your doctor
  • Detailed description of your typical seizure
  • Statement from your doctor about of the nature and frequency of your seizures Description of your seizures from a third-party witness
  • Records showing the frequency of your seizures
  • Results of an EEG.
  • Treatment history
  • Evidence of your compliance with prescribed medications

Tip

  • There are two types of seizure dogs: seizure response and seizure alert. A seizure alert dog is able to to predict a seizure before it happens and alert his owner by pawing at him or circling him, hopefully giving his owner enough warning to take medication or call for help. A seizure response dog will react after a seizure by summoning help or even moving his owner to open an airway.
 

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