Five Things Service Animals Can Do For You
Service animals are a great example of an alternative form of medical equipment.
Service animals can help with a myriad of conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, & visual impairments.
This article will detail five different tasks that service animals are capable of doing for you.
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as an animal that has gone through training to be able to assist their owner with a disability.
To be considered a service animal, the tasks a service animal performs must be directly related to the person’s disability.
You can read more about what makes a service animal here.
They can do things like get your medication or phone during an emergency
As you can imagine, this is a pretty difficult task for an animal to accomplish!
Asking your dog to search the house for the phone is a bit ridiculous and unreliable. Instead, you train them to retrieve the phone or your medication from a particular place in the house.
As long as you keep your medicine in a bag in a place within eyesight of your dog, they can retrieve it when your symptoms start or if commanded.
They can help stop emotional overload
Studies have shown that physical contact can be effective at preventing emotional overload.
The idea is that the physical contact with your animal “brings you back to earth” and reminds you there’s more going on than just your emotions.
Service dogs are trained to be persistent in nudging or licking a person until they feel better.
Dogs can be trained to vigorously lick a person’s face to bring them back to reality. Physical contact is especially useful after suffering panic attacks or even seizures.
They can wake you up!
Another useful thing service animals can do is waking you up. Some medications have powerful sedative effects, which makes it hard for you to respond to outside noises while sleeping.
You might fall asleep while simply waiting for a pizza or delivery due to your medication. Your service animal can wake you up in these situations or even if you sleep through your smoke alarm.
They can calm severe symptoms of PTSD
A person suffering from Hypervigilance caused by PTSD is not unlikely to be unable to enter their home, fearing an intruder may be inside.
Service animals can be trained to perform searches of the premises and calm a person’s suspicious. Hypervigilance can be terrifying if you have to deal with it alone.
They can interrupt your nervous ticks
Suffering from OCD can cause you to subconsciously develop habits you’re not aware of. Some people pull their hair or pick at their skin for example.
Your service animal can recognize this behavior and interrupt you. Without assistance, some people can severely harm themselves with unconscious ticks.
People with severe cases of OCD can cause bleeding or even scarring due to their unconscious ticks.
Service animals are extremely useful and a natural way of dealing with your condition. They can help you lessen your dependence on drugs and provide you with companionship during tough times.
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