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Service animals and for what?

Jul 19, 2015 5:00 PM

I would really like a service animal for multiple reasons, which I am not even sure is possible. I have extremely bad anxiety/social anxiety that can get really out of hand when my pain is bad. Plus I have PTSD and adult ADHD. Mainly I would like a migraine alerting dog, which is extremely cost prohibitive as the place near me that raises, trains, and pairs them charges around $40,000.
My question is this; anyone out there have a service animal? and if you don't mind sharing what they are trained in that would be great too.

Jul 19, 2015 6:32 PM

Hi Wynnbliss. Hope you are feeling as well as can be. Sadly I don't have a service animal, but I do have cats. They haven't been trained for anything but they do make such a difference to me. They help keep my anxiety levels down enough that others don't notice. They are a source of joy and companionship when my life can feel very lonely.
I don't know if this is correct, but isn't there a way to get help towards such things? Much like a blind person is entitled to the support of a seeing eye dog, I'm sure the same applies to regular sufferers of specific medical problems. Sorry I can't be of more help than that. Hopefully someone will be more 'in the know' than I am and be able to help you more.

Jul 19, 2015 7:39 PM

I wish i had the answer for you. I, too, suffer from anxiety and am worse when my pain levels go up. I have a Ferret named Mischief and 2 dogs. (A bullmastiff and a rescue that's a mutt). They all help just having them around to pet. They know when I'm not feeling well just because dogs pick up on the actual energy that your body projects. You would have to do some checking about therapy dogs but I do believe there are places that pair you up with a dog based on your needs and there is help for the cost. I have to say though, you could go to a shelter, rescue a dog and that dog could very well be the one who rescues you as well. I don't necessarily think they need special training to help us. They do just by being who they are. I also think the guarantee of unconditional love from an animal is part of what helps us when we do have one. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope you are able to find what you are looking for. Just to let you know, you can rescue a dog and both go to classes for therapy dog and that may benefit you both. It will teach you how to train a dog while achieving having your own therapy dog. You'll be in my prayers. 💕😍🌻

Jul 19, 2015 11:44 PM

Definitely look around. When I looked up options, there were some that would find a dog for whatever your needs were, and have a bit of volunteering to cover it. I'm sure there are lots of other I options depending on where you live.

Sep 13, 2015 7:15 AM

I am looking into getting a service animal at the minute. The dog could help me at home and if my school allows it at school as well. I have lots of thing the dog could help with and several reasons for it. Some of my reasons are: Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Pain condition, Mobility issues (improving) etc.

In the UK there are several charities which provide service dogs. Different charities give them to people with different health and mental conditions I. E. for autism.

Sep 13, 2015 9:29 AM

Wynnbliss, There's a place in GA that has them but I don't know their prices. I wish you the best in getting help for one, and you too TiredInPainAndInsane. 🙏🌼

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