Hub City Service Dogs understands that cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs. It progressively limits the ability to breathe and also affects the digestive system of an individual.
Cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices are normally thin and slippery, but in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. This can cause the growth of bacteria that leads to infections or severe lung damage. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the supply of digestive enzymes that is needed to break down food and ingest vital nutrients.
It is still not clear what causes asthma or why some people get it and some don’t. This can be a genetic or an environmental factor. Asthma triggers when people with this condition are exposed to allergens and irritants such as pollen, mold, smoke, cold air, stress, some type of foods, etc. When asthma triggers, the airways become narrow, muscles tighten, and the production of the sticky mucus increases. Asthma cannot be cured, but symptoms can be controlled.
We focus on training and placing dogs to attend to the individual’s medical or health needs. When people with asthma and cystic fibrosis condition are under attack, service dogs can alert people around to ask help or activate an emergency button. Our dogs can also alert the individual if they are near to allergens or irritants. We also train dogs to fetch medication on command or when alerted to do so by a timer/alarm. They are also trained on other tasks depending upon the needs of an individual.
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Providing dependable service dogs for cystic fibrosis and asthma patients.