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Study Demonstrates Physiological Benefits of Service Dogs

Study Demonstrates Physiological Benefits of Service Dogs

admin No Comments June 20, 2018
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Service dogs have long provided practical services, like assistance opening doors and navigating city streets. For many years it has been recognized that these dogs can improve the quality of life for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now it looks like science has come up with another benefit for vets with a service dog—better physical health. According to a new report, vets with dogs show fewer signs of physiological damage due to the harmful effects of stress.

A study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology monitored the effects of cortisol in the bodies of vets dealing with PTSD, studying those using and not using service dogs. Researchers measured the vets’ “cortisol awakening response,” a scientific way of tracking both acute and ongoing stress.

Vets with a service dog with them, in their home, showed better cortisol results than those who were still on a waitlist for a dog. In physiological terms, vets with dogs showed less anger, experienced fewer episodes of anxiety, and enjoyed deeper sleep. Their results matched those of adults without PTSD.

The scientists point out that their study hasn’t proved a direct connection between levels of cortisol and PTSD in individual vets. And it doesn’t mean that service dogs cure PTSD.

But it is good news. Those in the military suffering from PTSD have long said a service dog improves the quality of their life. More and more studies are coming up with scientific evidence behind this anecdotal evidence.

The Veterans Administration insists on scientific proof before throwing full support to providing service dogs to vets with PTSD. This study is adding another building block to the rigorous evidence the VA demands. A further study is underway, conducted by the National Institutes of Health. This is a clinical trial of vets, with and without dogs, that will extend for a long period of time.

As the scientific proof increases, it is likely that more service dogs will be available for vets. On a personal level, it is excellent news for individual veterans. PTSD can be debilitating. Trying to live a normal life while struggling with PTSD symptoms is a 24-hour-a-day challenge. Living with more sleep, less anxiety and fewer bouts of anger could be life-changing for vets with PTSD.

Supporting Service Dogs

USA Service Dog Registration supports service dogs for vets. We know how important they are for physical tasks and for psychological comfort. We’re not surprised that science is proving they also reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body.

We’re here to make your life and that of your service dog easier. It starts with a simple registration process, just 3 quick and easy steps. And it’s free!

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USA Service Dog Registration also has an online store with a full line of products to help your dog do his job. We stock ID patches, ID cards and ID tags, dog vests, leashes, and collars.

Stop by USA Service Dog Registration today to register your dog, find answers to your questions, and buy quality products to make his job easier.

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Too soon to ask - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
We have not received it yet. Ask me again once we have a chance to use it
Sassy - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Wonderful and very easy to figure out.
Cheap Collar and Leash - The Rest is Good - by , March 25, 2011
3/ 3stars
Very good customer service. Nice package with everything included, but the collar and leash are cheaply made with printed on lettering, which needs to be sewn in. The printing will come off very easily. So not impressed with these items. Like the ID cards and the vests.
id and duplicate card purchase - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
easy registration, was able to chose the photo and add it very easily. checkout process was simple, delivery was set to 5-7 business days and it came in less than 5 days satisfied with my entire purchasing experience. would recommend to others and will be coming back for sure
Just received the package today - AWESOME - by , March 25, 2011
1/ 1stars
Just received the package today - AWESOME, little Sammy is official! thank you
ID CARD - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
ID Card came out clean looks just as good as my drivers license would definitely recommend to other people with disabilities who already have a working/service dog or animal and want or need them to be registered for housing, or airport needs things of that sort of thing. It is much easier to have the id card when people start asking questions.
Great Customer Service - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
It was a great customer service experience and they were very helpful.
Super fast shipping! - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Even amazon doesn’t get my purchases to Alaska this fast. Product was great and will do exactly what is needed.
Fast and easy - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Great. The therapist was sweet. Vest was a bit small.
Smooth transaction - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
No problems at all
Qiuivk and easy - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Quick and easy to register your pets!
Excellent experience - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
I spoke with someone. They were very helpful and gave me a contact number to talk to someone if needed. They replied very quickly.
Certificate - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
I can't get my certificate.I got 2 ID cards vest but no certificate
Have not received letters - by , March 25, 2011
1/ 1stars
Received a call from a counselor who asked about my anxiety issues. At the end of the her interview she stated she would email and send letters. I have not received either an email or the letters.
Heavy Duty Tactical Dog Vest - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Very high quality and just the right fit. I would like to get more patches for some of the side pouches.
Is what it is - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Took them over 24 hours to send the digital certificate to my email, and now I've been waiting almost a week or more waiting for the card and tag... Its meh...
Compra de ID - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Muy buena experiencia ,muy rápido el delivery
Emotional - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
A very good experience my puppy can go with me now it also keeps me calm
Love this - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Very satisfied and it was very fast.
Letter - by , March 25, 2011
2/ 2stars
We have not received the letter for my son Dakota Pefrey and our dog Nova. Nova is Dakota ESA.