Pets For The Physically Handicapped

Pets for Seniors and Physically Handicapped
As people get too old,​ they find it​ difficult to​ even do daily chores at​ home .​
Such people especially,​ require a​ helping hand .​
Animals can be trained to​ become great domestic help .​
Along with helping they also can provide great companionship .​
The most preferable pets are dogs .​
Cats are kept as​ pets to​ provide company to​ people like senior citizens who are stressed out or​ are heart patients,​ blood pressure patients,​ so as​ to​ help them beat stress .​
Even exotic pets such as​ capuchin monkeys are trained for this purpose .​
Not only are they big help for senior citizens but as​ well as​ for the​ physically handicapped such as​ blind people and quadriplegics .​
Service dogs are dogs are specially trained dogs for patients with disabilities .​
The hearing dog is​ a​ special kind of​ service dog which are trained to​ help the​ hearing impaired and deaf people .​
They help by alerting the​ disabled when it​ hears important sounds such as​ phone rings,​ doorbells,​ alarm clocks and smoke alarms .​
They are of​ great help not only within the​ house,​ but also outdoors .​
They alert the​ handler when someone calls out the​ person’s name,​ approaching sirens,​ and forklifts .​
Hearing dogs can be recognized by the​ bright orange leash and collar they are made to​ wear .​
Sometimes they even wear a​ jacket or​ a​ cape which can be of​ any color .​
Some service dogs are also trained as​ mobility assistance dog to​ help a​ physically handicapped person .​
They are trained to​ open and close doors,​ pick up things,​ and even turn on​ and off the​ switches .​
Dogs with larger build are also trained to​ pull patients in​ wheelchairs .​
They do this with the​ help of​ a​ special harness which facilitates them to​ pull objects .​

They are also trained as​ walker dogs,​ which are also nicknamed as​ living canes .​
They help patients with Parkinson’s disease and other disorders .​
They assist their owners with the​ help of​ their gait and also provide balance while walking .​
Incase the​ handler falls off,​ the​ dog helps to​ regain position by acting as​ a​ brace .​
All kinds of​ mobility assistance dogs are allowed in​ areas where pet aren’t allowed,​ like in​ public places and transportations .​
Dogs are also trained for assisting people with Type 1 diabetes .​
They are service dogs trained to​ smell the​ odor changes in​ the​ body which helps to​ determine hypoglycemia or​ low blood glucose .​
Another type of​ service dogs is​ seizure response dog .​
They help patients with epilepsy or​ seizure disorder .​
They help to​ seek help in​ case of​ emergency,​ block the​ handler with absence seizures,​ pull dangerous objects away from the​ body,​ and wake up the​ unconscious patient .​
They are also trained to​ use a​ pre-programmed phone .​
They also provide physical and emotional support and also carry information about the​ patient’s medical condition.
Service dogs are also trained to​ help people with psychiatric disabilities such as​ schizophrenia,​ bipolar disorder,​ anxiety disorder,​ depressive disorder,​ autism,​ and post traumatic stress disorder .​
They alert the​ handler to​ take medicines,​ and also help people having hallucinations,​ paranoia or​ alerting behaviors .​
They also act as​ a​ brace and help to​ retrieve objects .​
Dogs which help the​ visually impaired people or​ blind people are known as​ guide dogs .​
They help the​ handler to​ walk around obstacles .​
But the​ disadvantage here is​ that dogs are partially color blind .​
They cannot see red and green color,​ so they cannot help the​ blind with traffic signals .​
They even cannot be trained to​ interpret street signs .​
Guide horses are also employed to​ help people who are blind and who do not prefer guide dogs .​
The horses are miniature horses .​
Some people prefer horses because they live longer than the​ dogs .​
Some are also allergic or​ scared of​ dogs .​
But the​ advantage of​ keeping a​ guide dog is​ that they can live within the​ house,​ but the​ horse needs to​ be kept in​ a​ barn .​
Also horses cannot travel on​ public transportations like a​ dog .​

Capuchin monkeys are also trained by some organizations .​
They help the​ quadriplegics or​ patients who have paralysis in​ all their four limbs .​
Initially they should be brought up with people with no disabilities and then after reaching a​ certain age; they can be given intense training and then transferred to​ the​ home of​ the​ quadriplegic .​
They can perform tasks such as​ opening bottles,​ microwaving food and they even wash the​ face of​ their owner .​
They are also very friendly animals and are safe for kids,​ too .​
Pets For The Physically Handicapped Pets For The Physically Handicapped Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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