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Pets help us in so many ways—from acting as self-designated backyard anti-squirrel units to self-appointed table food inspectors. But did you know a number of pets hold extremely important jobs? They protect us from bombs and drugs, provide comfort to the sick, and assist individuals with disabilities.

Here’s a rundown of canine job descriptions taken from this article by Pets Adviser for you to keep on hand for reference:

-Assistance/Service Dog- Specially trained to assist humans with physical and mental disabilities, as well as medical conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy.

-Working Dog- May refer to a member of the AKC pedigree group or a canine trained to perform specific tasks or to entertain.

-Therapy Dog- Trained to provide comfort, affection and entertainment to people in nursing homes, prisons and therapeutic environments.

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As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

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Julia H.

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Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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