Monday, 17 July 2017

Hounds of love: ​how ​support dogs​ can help with everything from diabetes to autism

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Giulia Rhodes

Coco and Azerley are two of about 7,000 dogs in Britain that offer life-changing – and sometimes life-saving – assistance

Coco, a chocolate-brown cocker spaniel puppy, had been living with her owner for just three days when it is likely she saved her life for the first time. Now, six months later, it happens daily. Millie Law, who is 12, has a complex form of type 1 diabetes, which gives her no indication when her blood sugar levels are dangerously low or high. Coco, who can use her powerful sense of smell to detect changes on Millie's breath or sweat, is one of about 7,000 dogs in Britain offering life-changing – and sometimes life-saving – support to children and adults with a growing range of medical conditions and disabilities.

As well as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs, specially trained dogs can provide practical support to those with conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy to the effects of stroke a nd autism. Others can alert to dangerous situations in type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, Addison's disease, nut allergy, narcolepsy and some cardiac conditions.

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