Diabetes Support Dogs

The unconditional love of an emotional support dog promotes improved self-image while reducing the stress and anxiety of a chronic disease.



Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses among children and youth. A fast-growing chronic condition that does not always have a definitive diagnosis. Children and youth living with diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions generally have higher levels of emotional stress including anxiety, depression, and feelings of social isolation. To date, approximately 30% of people with diabetes suffer from depression. Families also deal with increased fear and anxiety due to their child’s condition.
While developing a relationship with a Diabetes Support Dog, children/youth learn to pay more attention to self-care while taking responsibility for their new friend. Other benefits of a Diabetes Support Dog include: reducing stress, relieving feelings of loneliness and isolation, increased activity, improving mental well-being, increased confidence, and faster recovery times from injury or illness.
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