Cystic fibrosis service dog
Cystic fibrosis service dogs provide companionship for individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) and other diseases that impact the digestive tract.
Service dogs have been trned to provide assistance and comfort to their human companions with disabilities. There are two categories of service dogs: therapeutic and service. Therapeutic dogs are trned to d in the treatment of humans with a physical disability or medical condition. Service dogs are trned to assist with a mental or emotional disability, such as anxiety, autism, and autism spectrum disorders.
There are no official guidelines for how many service dogs are needed to meet the needs of people with CF, but some medical centers have started creating specific CF service dog teams. These CF teams typically contn one or two dogs who are chosen for their ability to work well with patients and the challenges faced by people with CF.
The first CF service dog was a golden retriever named Buddy who was given to Steve Martin in 1990. Buddy accompanied Martin on a national comedy tour for two years and became an instant hit with the public.
While Buddy was working on a show with Martin, a new canine named Sam was introduced to the public. Buddy's career as a public and television celebrity ended when he was euthanized at the age of 12 on January 23, 1991, at the age of four after battling pancreatitis. As a result, the public was left without a mascot of its own. Sam was given to Martin's son and is a part of the Martin family. The two dogs have met three times since Buddy's death.
In 1999, Dr. Paul O’Neill founded the nonprofit organization CF Service Dogs International. Since then, the organization has helped establish dog trning schools and clinics for service dogs. The organization has also developed a certification program for service dogs, and provides trning and certification for dogs in a wide range of disabilities.
Medical teams have a difficult time treating the condition because individuals with CF frequently develop acute respiratory symptoms, including cough and rapid breathing. Many of the complications of CF develop as people get older. These complications can include thickened secretions (pulmonary secretions) and infections (pneumonia, bronchitis). Other complications can include thickened pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) or thickened gallbladder, gallstones, and gallbladder disease (cholecystitis, cholelithiasis), biliary tract disease (cholangitis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, and cholangitis), and constipation or diarrhea. These complications can lead to malnutrition and dehydration, which can be life-threatening. The risk of pulmonary complications and respiratory flure is particularly high during periods of rapid, uncontrolled breathing, which can occur at night or in the early morning when a person wakes up and begins to exercise or clear mucus in the lungs. Mucus production in the lungs can also be a result of excessive sweating or physical activity.
While the majority of individuals with CF can control their symptoms by following a strict diet and staying away from certn drugs,