I would like to introduce myself, and talk about animals and healing. I have been a Veterinary Nurse educator since 1969, (Guess my age) and taught college in California, and Nevada. I have been a Type 2 for 10 years (that I know of) and I take insulin. I would like to share my experiences with health and animals.
I have seen real miracles with animals, and their people. They serve us as companions, assistants, and therapists for people with various needs. All for the price of food, clean water, and a place to sleep.
If you need a friend that does not care that you didn't comb your hair, or brush your teeth, and that you’re in your PJ’s all day Sunday, look to your furry companion. Animals give uncompromising love without judgement and we all need that. I have seen elderly animals, and their owners, where neither one was in good shape, but somehow they kept going. Children with severe autism can become calmer with a therapy dog to talk to. It has been shown, medically, that people with chronic diseases (and without) benefit from animal companionship. Blood pressure goes down when we pet a dog, or cat or talk to a bird or horse.
We now have “Diabetes” assistance dogs that can enable diabetics that are not able to obtain good blood sugar control, to go out, and have a near normal life with an “Assistance Dog” indicating highs, or lows in blood sugar, with 80% accuracy, often before the owner knows it.
If you, or a loved one has a need for one of these wonderful angels, they are out there. NOTE: Make sure the trainers are reputable, and involved with one of the national accreditation organizations BEFORE you get involved.
A place to start is the DELTA Society, a nationally recognized organization which has done research on the human - animal companion bond, and is responsible for many of the laws governing assistance, and therapy animals, allowing them onto planes and into restaurants, and anywhere else their human may go. (The law only covered Guide dogs previously) The site is; DELTA Society “Pet Partners” http://www.deltasociety.org/page.aspx?pid=183
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