Is A Fibromyalgia Service Dog For You?

by Spot on November 29, 2010

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Is A Fibromyalgia Service Dog For You?

There have been numerous studies carried out that shows dogs and animals in general help alleviate stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure of hospitalized chronically ill patients. But what can a fibromyalgia service dog for you and are they a suitable addition to your life?

First of all having any pet requires commitment on behalf of the owner. Dogs can live for 10 -15 years and they need to be feed, groomed, exercised and loved. You’ll also need to ensure that your garden, if you have one, is fully fenced and dangerous household items are placed out of dog-reach.

Service dogs for fibromyalgia sufferers is not uncommon, however you will need to be legally recognized as having a disability under the ADA of 1990 (Americans with Disabilities Act) before you can apply for one.

If you already have the necessary disability paperwork you’ll need to fill in forms at your chosen service dog center and be prepared for a long wait, there can be long waiting lists. It can also be an expensive procedure so ensure you understand what costs are involved.

There may be the possibility of disability insurance covering all or some of the costs involved, so it pays to do some investigation into this first.

Think about too, what you need your service dog for. Retrievers are common service dogs as they take well to training and can do things like retrieve items, help with household tasks, open doors and turn off and on light switches. All of which would be a great help if your mobility is impaired.

But they also provide more than practical help, service dogs can provide a reason for getting up in the morning and help patients become more active. Having a constant companion can ease pain, as a dog gives you focus away from the pain and they have shown to improve energy levels and sense of well being.

Smaller breeds are also being used as service dogs, but for very different reasons – their body heat.

One sufferer with fibromyalgia was introduced to a Xoloitzcuintli or Xolo (small Mexican hairless dog) and found that within 15 minutes of the dog lying on her wrists the pain with gone. Xolo’s are renowed for their exceptional body heat and she went on to have one as a service dog, trained to lie around her neck and shoulders.

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Watch Gizmo perform her tasks as she works at home and during a trip to the store.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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1 Jennifer B 05.11.12 at 7:42 pm

You failed to mention that someone can train their own service dog. I have fibro and am training a poodle to be my service dog. You do not have to go through an organization to get a service dog and you do not have show anyone proof of a disability to access public spaces with a service dog.

2 Martha 05.20.12 at 7:23 pm

Actually, in some states like mine, Kansas, you DO have to have something to show establishments that ask, but you can make up the card/letter and photos required yourself just like homeschoolers can do. You just have to have all the information that your state demands, and have that available if anyone asks (including proof of your disability from a doctor–letter e.g.). Doubt anyone would ask, but you’re required by law here to at least have it on hand whenever you’re out. But you can be the trainer of the dog for sure!

3 Jill 09.14.12 at 10:21 pm

I already have chihuahuas. Can I make them my service dogs since I hv a recognized disability? Also, what are the costs involved & how long are wait lists?

4 a concerned coyote 10.04.13 at 8:18 am

The ADA protects a disabled person’s right to NOT show any kind of certification and especially to not show businesses proof of their disability. It is federally illegal for a business establishment to demand such things as it is considered discrimination — they can’t demand proof that you need a service dog any more than they can demand proof that you need a wheelchair. The state of Kansas cannot legally supersede federal law.

5 Sussie Due 10.04.13 at 9:52 am

That is absolutely correct!

6 SD 02.07.14 at 1:15 pm

Gizmo needs more training with her barking issue. Barking is consider a Nuisance /Noise Disturbance Laws- (IE- Movie Theater) and the SD will have to be removed
A SD who can’t control his own barking, then, is almost guaranteed to be deemed unsuitable for service.
SD can bark, but only with a purpose (IE-calling 911 or reminding person to take medication. The latter can be taught by having the dog retrieve your medication and/or touching you on a particular area. In the video, Gizmo was barking either at the camera or the person taking the video.

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