What it’s like to have a service dog

Most often when someone writes a blog post, questions may arise as to the author’s own experiences about that certain topic. Is it just great research or does the author have personal experiences in that area. Our guest blogger, Stephanie Harbeck, who wrote the post about Service Dogs, was kind enough to answer some more personal questions, giving us a glimpse of her life with a chronic illness and a service animal.

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Lyme Disease in Dogs

Most pet owners don’t realize the connection between pets and tick borne diseases. “… Canines are considered to be sentinel indicators of Lyme disease risk for humans.” While Lyme positive canine cases are estimated at roughly 1 million a year, the CDC estimates that there are roughly 300,000 people infected with Lyme Disease every year. Yet, in a sample study, there was only a 2%-3% difference between positively infected dogs and their humans (lymedisease.org.) The disparity between positive canine and human infections is proof of how much there’s still to do to help spread awareness of Lyme disease, as well as to find an accurate treatment for both humans and our furry friends.

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Hipster Harrison: The Lyme Warrior Pup

Lyme Disease is on the rise, not only in the U.S., but across the globe. But it’s not just humans who are effected. Harrison’s family members aren’t strangers to Lyme disease. His mom and siblings all have it. So when Harrison came back from a friend’s house with a red ring around a small puncture, his mom knew right away what was going on. So what makes Harrison different from the many others suffering from Lyme disease? He was able to get treated right away. He’s also a dog.

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Service Dogs

In the United States, a service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as, “Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” As a service dog handler, the first and most important thing to learn, before you get a prospect are the laws and your rights as a disabled individual.

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