10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

They're cute, they're cuddly--and they're also good for your health! (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Jan 18, 2011 at 5:44PM

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10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

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They Can Help Monitor Blood Sugar

Among the many things that service dogs can be trained to do is alert their owners when the animal perceives certain changes in the owner’s body chemistry. Some organizations specialize in training and certifying service dogs to do just this for insulin-dependent adults and children with type-1 diabetes. When the diabetic’s blood sugar peaks or drops, the service dog will begin to bark, letting its owner know that it’s time to test his blood sugar level.

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