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Service Dogs and Fibromyalgia

Service Dogs and Fibromyalgia

Service dogs have been the quintessential assistants for individuals with visual disabilities. However, the services of these faithful pooches nowadays rarely stop with assisting those who can’t see very well, as the definition in the Americans with Disabilities Act aptly points out: a service animal is “any guide dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability”. With this definition, we can glean that service dogs — or any other trained animals, in general — are not only limited to individuals with visual impairments, but for any other conditions which could benefit from an animal as a guide, or simply as a companion for emotional support which, as of today, is a valid reason for many people around the world to acquire one of these furry friends.