Celebrating Sydney — A Migraine Alerting Dog
If you get migraines, you know they’re more than “just a headache.” Attacks can be disabling and catching and treating them early can be the most effective way to minimize down time. As you know, we’ve recently published some eye-opening research in the ability of dogs to alert their owners to impending migraines — providing important opportunities for early detection and treatment.
Dr. Barbara Willis recently got in touch with me to let me know about her migraine-alerting dog Sydney. She agreed to let me share her inspiring journey with you.
Here’s Barbara’s story:
I have a service dog specially trained to alert to migraines, named Sydney. She has been with me for 10 years. The trainer trained Sydney by smell and whenever I get that smell she alerts me. Usually she gives me about a 40-minute warning.
I couldn’t live without her because the visual aura I get is blinding for up to 3 hours. With Sydney at my side, I was able to complete a PhD and am now working full time.
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