By Natalie Leibowitz
There has been much evidence of the benefits of the human-animal bond in managing a range of illnesses, including heart disease, dementia, seizure disorders, and more recently, anxiety and depression. A pet can provide companionship, comfort, and emotional support. They help to ease loneliness, reduce stress, encourage social and physical activity, and create a sense of calmness. Dogs in particular, are able to detect changes in the mood and anxiety level of their owners, which can be a helpful tool in recognizing and managing anxiety.
The following is a recent article published in the Toronto Star sharing the story of a woman who credits her dog with helping her cope with anxiety and complete her university degree
Canadian Service Dog Foundation. Emotional Support Animals. http://www.servicedog.ca/program/emotional-support-animals