I have a 27-year-old daughter who has several types of epilepsy, which remain poorly controlled despite our having tried most of the anti-seizure drugs both alone and in combination. I recently viewed a TV program that featured an epilepsy patient who had a German shepherd dog that accompanied the patient publicly. When a seizure was imminent, the dog would press any key on the cell phone that was programmed to direct all such calls to 911.
Where is it possible to procure such a dog, and what kind of training is required?
—John Trefil, M.D. (retired)