7. Detect Low Blood Sugar
Epileptics aren’t the only patients who can benefit from a service alert dog. Diabetics can be alerted to low blood sugar by a dog’s powerful snout as well. Dogs can be trained to sniff out the invisible scent of a diabetic experiencing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, and alert the individual or bark for help in an emergency situation.
8. Dogs Can Heal Boo-boos
Dog owners will attest to the healing powers of a sloppy lick. However, doggie kisses actually contain natural ingredients in their slobber that stimulate nerves, get oxygen circulating, and heal broken skin capillaries.
9. Dogs Combat the Effects of Depression
A happy dog waiting for you at the door can banish a tedious office day and even help you heal after a painful breakup. But it turns out dogs can combat the effects of chronic depression as well. Research shows that dog owners who suffer from bouts of depression benefit greatly from the unconditional love, need, and acceptance of a loving pet.
10. Dogs Soothe Symptoms of Autism
For children with autism, the world can be a scary, stress-inducing, and perplexing place. However, medical experts consider the consistent love and attention of a dog very beneficial in autistic households because furry friends can actually help reduce and soothe the secretion of cortisol (or stress hormone).