Service dog helps 6-year-old cope with seizures

Dog senses Plymouth girl's seizures before they happen and warns her parents.
Posted on Nov. 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 9, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

A specially trained service dog is helping a 6-year-old live with her rare seizure disorder, reports The Truth's news partner WNDU.

Ally Krupp has Intractable Epilepsy and she is not a candidate for surgery. Though she takes medication, her mom told WNDU that she still has seizures about every other day. The Krupps were at a loss for other treatments until they heard about Ohio-based 4 Paws for Ability, which trains dogs to detect oncoming seizures through smell.

The dogs, WNDU reports, cost $22,000 and the Krupp's had to raise half that money in order to even be considered for one of the canines. They got Periwinkle about 2 months ago.

"I think it's going great," mother Becky Krupp said. "We've seen a lot of difference in Ally. Now if she starts to get upset, or is crying, Peri comes running over to her, just like that."

The dog and girl still need to learn cues from each other to better predict seizures, but the bond is growing each day.

"I've seen such a difference in Ally, she's got a best friend," Becky Krupp said.

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