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Our Animals Know!

Updated on June 13, 2013

They know when we are feeling blue.


They sense when we are ill.

What is it that our animals know that we do not? For all humans are supposed to be the most intelligent species sometimes I am not so sure. I have suffered from Grand-mal seizures since the age of 18 I am now 48; throughout the years I have had encounters with dogs and cats alike before, during and after seizures.

My Furry Nurse

My one friend (Laurie) had a cat named Freedom (she is now in cat heaven) but she used to curl beside my head while I was having a seizure. My dear furry nurse (Freedom) wouldn't leave my side until she was satisfied I was out of danger. Now Freedom was not a cat that had any special training as a furry nurse she would just tend to me on her own and I loved her for it. Freedom and I had a special bond and I greatly miss my dear furry nurse. My friend (Linda) has told me that when she is feeling under the weather her cat (Samson) stays by her side keeping a close eye on her. He becomes more subdued and attentive towards her giving her the comfort she needs. Linda has said Samson knows when she is not feeling well; she gets this sense because of his behavior towards her at times when she is feeling ill.

Dogs Sense Seizure Coming On

Another instance was when my friend (Jenny) was visiting; we were sitting out in the garage sipping on some cold drinks on a lovely summer day. When all of a sudden Jenny said my German Sheppard's (Sidney and Sheba) starting behaving strangely. They both started to whine seeming upset they then lay down encircling themselves around my feet. Jenny said a few seconds later I had a seizure; she said the two dogs never left me until they knew I was okay. My friend (Jenny) was amazed at the reaction of the two dogs because she said "it was as if they knew you where going to have a seizure before it happened." This was a total surprise to me I had never been aware that my dogs reacted in this manner towards my seizures. I have been alone when most of my seizures have occurred and I don't remember much of what happens when they happen. My dogs could have reacted in this manner before but with no one else around I myself did not know what and how they where reacting during my seizures.

Specially Trained Dogs

This happened years before I had ever heard of dogs being specially trained in detecting seizures thus being able to alarm the person that they are going to have a seizure. This is amazing because it can give the person time to lay down on their side and prepare for the seizure instead of crashing to the floor in mid-seizure suffering injuries as a result. I heard about one dog that has an average of 40 minutes previous to the seizure in signaling his owner.

Our Pets Know when We are Under the Weather

What is this special gift that our dear four-legged friends possess that allows them to sense when we are ill or that something is amiss and not right with us. We must learn to try and understand our companions behavior as it could mean something very important. I have read and heard of many stories of dogs or cats behaving differently when their owners became sick. Dogs that normally would be full of energy, running around wanting to play fetch etc. all of a sudden become very subdued and tend to stay close to the person who is ill. They seem to have this combination of sense and smell that alerts them to the person who is unwell. We know special detection dogs are used to smell out all kinds of things even illnesses such as cancer. They are able to detect if a person's body temperature is not normal this being another clue that leads them to know a person is ill.It is even thought that wolves when hunting sniff out an ill animal in the herd this is called "Culling of the sheep"; this is a good thing as they get a good meal and the herd remains healthy and strong.


If we pay closer attention to the behavior of our four-legged companions it could possibly save our lives. They could very well tune us in to a potentially life- threatening ailment that may be cured if detected in time. All we have to do is watch and listen to our four-legged guardians.

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    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      That was interesting to hear about Freedom. There are not many seizure alert dogs but a lot less cats! Your friend sounds really lucky, and Freedom must have been very special.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much for the lovely response to my article and I do agree that the personal experience does add so much to a topic rather than plain old data and facts. take care pam.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      This is such an interesting article, more so because it is told from your personal experience with pets and your seizures. Sometimes data and facts can be cold without the human experience to give them life. It makes me thing we underestimate our pets and we should really look and see what more they can do for us, as opposed to what we can do for them:)

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much for the lovely words stars439 may god bless you and your family. take care pam.

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      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub dear heart. Animals can experience love, and have personalities. Maybe God wanted us to be a little more happier in life by having pets. God Bless You.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks DDE for your support of my hub our animal friends are great companions we are blessed to have them in our lives. take care pam.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much precy anza for support on my hub and I agree our pets our indeed gifted! take care pam.

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed reading this Pamela. :) I had read many stories too of pets alerting their owners before illness happens, such as seizure. These makes animals gifted with such ability. Voted up! :)

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Animals sense everything about us, but most of the time we fail to notice it. Thanks for this Hub it got me thinking about my animals I once had

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much aboutaustralia for your kind words and I too wonder if our pets have special healing powers one thing I do know for sure my pets have always been there for me giving their all to me. take care pam.

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      7 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      What a heartwarming and interesting hub Pam. Could I add that my own dog 'Bluey' (who has now passed on) used to always know when I was sick too. She would not leave my side til I was well again. I wonder if they have healing powers that we are not aware of, and are trying to share them with us?

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much for your kind words and support NP.QUEEN take care pam.

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      7 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome..... Very interesting article.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much clara for your kind words and letting me know about Haley chapter 2 I will have a look for it thanks clara hope you will be back soon! take care pam.

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      Clara Kish 

      7 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hello Pamela, I enjoyed your hub about animals, I have heard about that before, interesting. I also wanted to tell you that I finally got Haley chapter 2 on .Took awhile to get it on. , it is hidden but it is there.I am going to be off of here for awhile so I thought I had better tell you , I know you wanted to see it , bye now Clara

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Maybe I do I know when my scottish temper comes up it sure feels like a storm brewing ha! ha! thanks for your support Ann. take care pam.

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      7 years ago

      So interesting. Maybe you give off some kind of electrical vibration similar to lightning. My dog knows there is a storm coming long before we do.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks snowdrops for your support and kind words. take care pam.

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      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Yeah, I agree, this a great and and very interesting read. Voted Up!

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much for the lovely comments Seeker7 I know my Red Devil Cichlid (Mr.Fish) gives me great commfort and a sense of calm hope you have a great day! take care pam.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This was a great hub and very interesting. I think our animals do have sense far superior to us humans - and yes, that can even mean intelligence on occasion. I think as well, though, that they do have emotions and when they sense their owners are ill then the animal is concerned and wants to stay close by to comfort them - just as we do with them.

      This was a lovely hub and shows just how special and wonderful our animals are. Voted up!


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