What is Service Animal?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


A service animal can be a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 10 7
Post-traumatic stress disorder 10 8
Depressed mood 8 7
Major depressive disorder 3 1
Balance problems 2 2
Bipolar disorder 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Service Animal

Side effect Patients Percentage
Rotator cuff pain 1


Based on patients currently using Service Animal

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 6
as needed 2


Currently using Service Animal

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 11
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 7
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1 patient evaluation for Service Animal

Oct 11, 2018 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for autism spectrum disorder)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Having a service dog is immeasurably beneficial. The benefits for me include an increased tolerance of social situations and being physically touched, an increase in the ability to handle stress, increased confidence level and the ability to be comfortably "out in the world," the constant companionship of someone who is real, genuine, never plays games, and hasn't ulterior motives, and someone who provides a comforting/calming deep pressure (one of his tasks - "Howie, hug!"). Having a service dog is a constant responsibility. I would very, very highly recommend to someone contemplating getting a service tog to get one that has been fully trained for that purpose. Howie is my third dog, but the only one I got that was already fully trained. I would never again do it any other way. But be forewarned: a trained service dog is extremely expensive. Howie was $16,000. To replace him now would cost me $20,000. To me he is more than worth it. Most people who purchase a service dog must fundraise. But Howie is my life. (And absolutely every expense associated with a service dog is tax-deductible. They are considered medical expenses.)

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