Selma Blair looked high-spirited on Sunday as she took her furry companions for a walk in Los Angeles

The 49-year-old actress, who suffers with multiple sclerosis, had her trusted service dog – red fox Labrador Scout – to support her on the outing.  

The Cruel Intentions starlet did not forget about her other beloved pooch Pippa, as the dogs walked loyally by Selma’s side. 

Outing: Selma Blair threw a wide smile as she cut a laid-back figure for a Sunday walk in LA with her furry companions - including service dog Scout (left)

Outing: Selma Blair threw a wide smile as she cut a laid-back figure for a Sunday walk in LA with her furry companions - including service dog Scout (left)

Outing: Selma Blair threw a wide smile as she cut a laid-back figure for a Sunday walk in LA with her furry companions – including service dog Scout (left)

The Michigan native rocked a laid-back figure for the stroll, including a navy jacket adorned with white detailing, which she layered over a plain white tee. 

Comfort was key for Selma, as she donned mom jeans with flat black shoes. 

It comes after the film star took to Instagram before Christmas to explain how Scout has been a comforting and helpful presence amid her battle with MS. 

Furry friends: The 49-year-old actress, who suffers with multiple sclerosis, had her trusted service dog - red fox Labrador Scout - to support her, but she did not forget about other beloved pooch Pippa

Furry friends: The 49-year-old actress, who suffers with multiple sclerosis, had her trusted service dog - red fox Labrador Scout - to support her, but she did not forget about other beloved pooch Pippa

Furry friends: The 49-year-old actress, who suffers with multiple sclerosis, had her trusted service dog – red fox Labrador Scout – to support her, but she did not forget about other beloved pooch Pippa

She said of her service dog: ‘Scout helps me with some personal stumbling blocks and aids in my mobility.

‘I am building stamina and coordination with the aid of this special dog and training! I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more.’

She added: ‘He is very handsome, and friendly, but if you see me and Scout, and we are working (which he really always is, as am I) then give a smile but please don’t approach. Distractions really set me back.’  

Working as a team: It comes after the film star took to Instagram before Christmas to explain how Scout has been a comforting and helpful presence amid her battle with MS

Working as a team: It comes after the film star took to Instagram before Christmas to explain how Scout has been a comforting and helpful presence amid her battle with MS

Working as a team: It comes after the film star took to Instagram before Christmas to explain how Scout has been a comforting and helpful presence amid her battle with MS

Major health issues: Selma needs Scout because, as she's documented well, she's been fighting multiple sclerosis for several years now

Major health issues: Selma needs Scout because, as she's documented well, she's been fighting multiple sclerosis for several years now

Major health issues: Selma needs Scout because, as she’s documented well, she’s been fighting multiple sclerosis for several years now

Selma said she was ‘so happy to have’ Scout and promised to give her friends and fans updates ‘as we evolve.’

She added: ‘If you see me down, do not worry, Scout has me covered. Literally actually. I send you all love and happy holidays!!!!’ 

The actress received a number of supportive comments to the post from friends including Amanda Kloots, LeAnn Rimes and Alessandra Ambrosio. 

Selma, who is mother to son Arthur, 10, with ex Jason Bleick, went public with her MS diagnosis in 2018, which has impacted her ability to speak and use her left leg.

A heartwarming caption: The star wrote, 'I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more. I am so happy to have him' among many other things

A heartwarming caption: The star wrote, 'I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more. I am so happy to have him' among many other things

A heartwarming caption: The star wrote, ‘I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more. I am so happy to have him’ among many other things

Brave: Selma, who is mother to son Arthur, 10, with ex Jason Bleick, went public with her MS diagnosis in 2018, which has impacted her ability to speak and use her left leg (pictured December 2021)

Brave: Selma, who is mother to son Arthur, 10, with ex Jason Bleick, went public with her MS diagnosis in 2018, which has impacted her ability to speak and use her left leg (pictured December 2021)

Brave: Selma, who is mother to son Arthur, 10, with ex Jason Bleick, went public with her MS diagnosis in 2018, which has impacted her ability to speak and use her left leg (pictured December 2021)

In October, while promoting her documentary Introducing Selma Blair at the discovery+ TCA panel, the actress said that she was ‘in remission’ after receiving stem cell treatment. She said ‘it took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down.’

Blair said that she was ‘reluctant to talk about it’ as she ‘felt this need to be more healed and more fixed’ amid her health battle.  

‘I’ve accrued a lifetime of some baggage in the brain that still needs a little sorting out or accepting,’ she said.

‘That took me a minute to get to that acceptance. It doesn’t look like this for everyone. I have really felt unwell and misunderstood for so long that it’s just, me.’

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple sclerosis (known as MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks the body and causes nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.

It is an incurable, lifelong condition. Symptoms can be mild in some, and in others more extreme causing severe disability.

MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide – including around one million in the US, and 100,000 in the UK.

It is more than twice as common in women as it is in men. A person is usually diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

The condition is more commonly diagnosed in people of European ancestry. 

The cause isn’t clear. There may be genes associated with it, but it is not directly hereditary. Smoking and low vitamin D levels are also linked to MS. 

Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, vision problems, bladder problems, numbness or tingling, muscle stiffness and spasms, problems with balance and co-ordination, and problems with thinking, learning and planning.

The majority of sufferers will have episodes of symptoms which go away and come back, while some have ones which get gradually worse over time.

Symptoms can be managed with medication and therapy.

The condition shortens the average life expectancy by around five to 10 years.

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