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Anyone else have POTS?

3700 Views 34 Replies 13 Participants Last post by  service dog vera
I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome a few years ago, but I’ve likely had it my whole life secondary to a connective tissue disorder.

I’m wondering if there are some ways Peggy might be able to help me manage my symptoms. She’s shown some interest in my elevated heart rate once I’m already lying down, but doesn’t seem to notice it when I’m standing (which is when I could really use an alert).

Just putting this out there in case any current Poodle Forum members (or folks who are just googling “POTS service dog”) have any insights on training POTS-specific tasks to a poodle.

My one concern would be making her more protective of me than she already is. That’s not something I want.
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I think its difficult to train a service dog for POTS, which make them a much more expensive service animal to own. However I think they are great to offer stability and emotional support. You can teach Peggy to get help, if you feel faint or if you do faint. I've read they can be taught to even recognize symptoms before they occur. I have no idea how you would train. You can probably reach out to usserviceanimals.org to get some details.
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