Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S have a mental disorder in at least one year of their lifetime. Treatment and management of mental health disorders such as depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder take various forms. Patients with mental health problems may get prescriptions for medication, psychotherapy, or both. Sometimes psychotherapy practitioners recommend the use of animals in managing mental health disorders. Therapists use many types of animals to provide emotional support animals (ESAs). The ESAs provide therapeutic companionship and affection to their owners. ESAs are different from service animals, which get specialized training that enable them to support a person with a disability.
Unlike a pet, owning an ESA is a unique thing, and you may need to go everywhere with your ESA. Some airlines and tenants
Sometimes, in the course of life, events occur that require bringing a service dog into the family. There are more than 150 dog breeds, and while many think of German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers, a wide number of breeds can be trained to be service dogs. And in these days, service dogs do far more than work as seeing eye dogs. Service dogs can actually work with a number of medical issues, like diabetic alert service dogs for example, and do far more than many people realize. Dogs are ideal for this because their noses are very sensitive to smells that certain medical issues can give off. Dogs have 200 million scent receptors in their noses, compared to a human’s 5 million. Simply put, they can smell things that humans never could. If you find yourself in need of a service dog, here are several things to keep in mind as you look for one.
- Training Starts at a Young Age: One thing to know about service dogs is that training begins at a young age. Service dog trainers beg
Every pet owner should—and usually does—feel obligated to take loving care of their pets. It doesn’t matter whether the pet just arrived or has been around for years, most owners feel a personal connection that stands the test of time. However, it’s also not uncommon for some owners to shy away from spaying and neutering their pets. If this responsibility isn’t actively ignored, it is at least sometimes forgotten because it doesn’t seem important. However, the importance of spaying or neutering your pet cannot be overstated. Here are some of the top benefits of neutering your pet or having it spayed.
Help Control the Animal Population
Even though pets are a wonderful and welcome addition to any community, if they are allowed to reproduce uncontrollably, there are several problems that arise. One of the most concerning is animals are born and aren’t able to get the food they need or want. Animal starvation is a real problem, and it can be controlled if you understand