We cant wait to help you prevent migraines from robbing you of your quality of life on this planet with the use of a trained Migraine Alert Dog – Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS
St. Louis Missouri Classes Teaching Migraine Alert Dog Training
Use the power of your dogs nose to save you from misery and suffering from a Migraine!
Unfortunately Im sitting here at my desk about ready to hurl. My eyes are slightly light sensitive and I appear to have developed a heartbeat in my throbbing head. What’s wrong with me you ask? Is your blood sugar low? Unfortunately not. It a migraine.
Ive had them since freshman year in college. It starts out with a flash in my vision and within about 30 minutes Ive had a psychedelic aura eye trip that resembles a moving rainbow in a 1960s music video. Thankfully my aura only leaves me temporarily blind but I know the MOMENT I see the first signs of an aura I have less than thirty minutes to get the medication in me that could save my entire day. Its the difference between feeling blah or spending then entire day in my room waiting to hurl, with a eye mask blocking out all the light while someone repeatedly stabs an ice pick into my left temple.
Historically migraines were thought of as just a nuisance. But modern science now knows what migraine suffers have been telling them for years, these are no ordinary headaches. Migraines are not just headaches, they are brain aches. Scientists and medical professionals now know that migraines permanently alter the brain causing white matter abnormalities. Just like transient mini-strokes, migraines literally starve the brain of life sustaining oxygen.
So, what’s a migraine sufferer to do? Train their dog to alert them PRIOR to the start of a migraine in our Intensive 4 Day Medical Alert Dog Training Class on the border of Missouri and Illinois!
There is a rumor online that seizure alert dogs and migraine alert dogs cannot be trained to alert, that they have to come by their alert naturally. This is an old mindset that isnt based in modern medical alert dog training. Although my personal service dog Liame came about his migraine alerting ability naturally, we know that with proper training, dogs can be trained to alert you sometimes up to 30 minutes prior to your migraine so you can get your migraine medicine in your system quickly. And as any of you migraine sufferers know, taking your medication as early as possible can make the difference between a no pain day and an emergency room visit level 10 pain day.
Not only are migraine alert dogs valuable for symptom relief but its possible that getting your medication in prior to the start of the episode may reduce the level of brain damage done by your migraine episode.
Want to learn how to get your dog to alert to an oncoming migraine? You can do so in our 4 Day Intensive Diabetic Alert Dog Class or by using our online video program Diabetic Alert Dog University. We know that the name of the class and online video program is confusing because it sounds like all the class teaches is diabetic alert but in reality all you have to do is replace the words Diabetic Alert Scent Sample with the term Migraine Alert Scent Sample. Its literally as simple as that!
The photo above is one of our first migraine alert dogs. He is a Yorkshire Terrier named Cracker Jack and was trained OVER 3 years ago! Although Service Dog Academy’s main mission is diabetic alert, we use the same training techniques used to train diabetic alert dogs as we do for seizure and migraine alert dogs.
Within the month, Service Dog Academy will be adding an additional Seattle 4 Day Intensive Diabetic Alert Dog Training Class scheduled for mid September 2014. Please forward this article to anyone you know who you think might be interested in managing their migraines with the use of an alert dog.
We cant wait to help you prevent migraines from robbing you of your quality of life on this planet!