The presence of trained dogs can reduce seizures in people suffering from epilepsy, reported the UPI, quoted by BTA.

It is possible that the reason for this is in the reduction of tension and anxiety.

A scientific study focused on a group of 25 participants.

Their seizures decreased by 31 percent after a few months in the company of a dog trained to help people with epilepsy.

In seven of the participants, seizures were reduced by 50 to 100 percent, according to the results of the study, published in the journal Neurology.

The dogs are trained to recognize the seizure by the movements and sounds made by the owners.

The trained pet can be trained to activate an alarm, fetch medicine or phone, block the patient's movement or change the position of the patient's body.

A dog's company alleviates feelings of disorientation and sadness.

The unpredictability of seizures is often the most difficult aspect of the disease, said Valerie van Hezik-Wester of the University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The task of these dogs is to reduce the anxiety associated with the attacks and help reduce the stress that can provoke them, the research results say.

For the purpose of the study, patients resistant to therapy and at high risk of injury during seizure were selected.

Despite the development of numerous medications over the past 15 years, about 30 percent of people with epilepsy suffer from persistent seizures, notes van Hezik-Wester.

Participants completed a seizure frequency and type diary as well as a questionnaire every three months.

The follow-up of their condition lasted for three years.

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