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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

Clinical trials are already underway in humans with an electronic monitor (called "Forecast") that can predict when an epileptic fit is likely to occur

Idiopathic epilepsy is common in dogs and the occurrence of a fit can be hazardous - for example if the dog is swimming or if it collapses in the middle of a road. So any method of detecting an epileptic fit in advance would be of benefit to owners.

Nicolet Biomedical based in Madison, Wisconsin are conducting human clinical trials with the alert system "Forecast" which detects an increase in brain EEG activity up to 8 minutes before a fit occurs. If the technology can be applied to humans through the design of a suitable wearable unit, it could probably be adapted for use in animals later.