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GaZMaN888

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Hi,

I am trying to find any research/information on dogs helping sufferers of CVS, particularly in the UK, but I am not having much luck.

My five year old daughter has CVS and my wife and I are looking into the possibility of getting a dog to help her. A medical alert dog would be fantastic but as CVS isn't recognised (to the best of my knowledge) as a disability in the UK I don't think it is something that is likely to happen.

This lead us on to the idea of something along the lines of an emotional support dog, that while it won't be able to tell us when an episode is imminent, might be able to comfort/soothe my daughter and hopefully bring her sickness episodes to a close sooner than they might otherwise have done.

Unfortunately we can't seem to find any information at all on the subject (other than some anecdotal evidence) and given that taking on a dog of any kind is a big commitment we'd like to gather as much information as possible before we make a decision.

If anyone can point us in the right direction that would be fantastic.

Thanks in advance,

Gary

P.s It turns out that it's easier to find information online about dogs with CVS than about dogs helping people with CVS!

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wynnak

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Have you also checked with CVSA UK? They may be a bit more aware of what is available over there.

I have seen people work with dog trainers to try for this. I do not know of any that have mentioned being able to predict episodes. You may look into ones trained for migraines as well.

We looked into cats. They seem to be more sympathetic and cuddly when you need them. But then, my dog didn’t tolerate the cat.

I can say that I have seeen several adults with the emotional support animals that seem to be helpful. But, if your goal would be to have her take care of the animal, you need to know that there will be times that you are not only taking care of her, but the animal as well.

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GaZMaN888

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Hi Wynnak,

Thanks for the reply.

I have emailed CVSA UK and had a reply this afternoon so will hopefully get round to getting through that this afternoon.

Funnily enough we already have a cat and, while he isn't the most affectionate of creatures, he does seem to tolerate cuddling up to my daughter more than most!

I totally agree with your last point about looking after the dog, hence why we want to try and find out what benefits there are (if any) to my daughter owning a dog (it would effectively have to be hers in order to form the bond we would be looking for) before we decide either way.

Thanks again.

Gary

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Hi Gary

If you search the archives on this Message Board there are some posts from SmokeEater regarding his emotional support dog.  I believe the dog is a pit bull and was not chosen as an emotional support dog.

My memory is Smoke stating that the dog was a great comfort while he was in a cycle and trying to recover from a cycle.  Smoke later wrote that the dog was getting in his way when a cycle approached.  After a time they figured out that that the dog was getting in the way 20 minutes before a cycle hit.

In the US, anyone can apply through the internet for an emotional support dog designation but a medical support dog is an authentic trained licensed dog. 

Let us know if you do move forward and how it goes.


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