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Chapter 3

Some companion animals, especially
dogs, can be very valuable to people with disabilities.
Dogs can be trained to provide assistance to people
with blindness or deafness and to many who are
confined to wheelchairs.

Figure 3-6

Not only can they perform these tasks, but they can also contribute to a
person's self-esteem and psychological well-being. Dogs and other animals
have been used in programs in nursing homes to lift the spirits and encourage activity and involvement by patients. Severely withdrawn patients, especially children, have shown responses when pets have been introduced in
their therapy. Pets are also beneficial for children coming home from school
before their parents get home. The children have their pets to care for and enjoy until their parents get home. Dogs trained to assist children with autism
can provide benefits for the child as well as the family of an autistic child.

pets and ptSD
At-risk adults benefit as well. "Currently, the suicide rate for veterans in the
United States is higher than the rate of troops killed in combat."16
The Veterans Administration (VA) estimates that 20 percent of
Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War veterans, and 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans experience PTSD

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