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Golden Retriever Saves Man From Seizure

Posted February 10, 2014 in A Pet's Life

CBS Los Angeles reports that Tim Mullens is alive today because of his Golden Retriever, Garth. Mullens, who suffers from epileptic seizures, wears an electronic bracelet equipped with a panic button. Garth is trained to press the button when he picks up on a scent that accompanies Mullens’ seizures. One such seizure occurred Monday night when Mullens was alone at a relative’s house. Paramedics were alerted when Garth smartly hit the button. Mullens was transported to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks , California, and Garth was with him when he woke. Watch the interview with Mullens here.

Unfortunately, dogs like Garth don’t come cheap. The cost assistance dogs like Garth is upwards of $22,000 and isn’t always covered by insurance. Additionally, it’s not only adults who suffer from seizures; children with similar seizures are generally not able to take part in the intense training that a seizure response dog requires. Fortunately, dogs are still available to help these kids through difficult medical procedures. To learn more about “Service Assistance Dogs” click here.

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Jason has over 6 years of experience in the pet health industry and is managing editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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