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Pets Help Elderly Stay Active

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1999 “…the care-taking roll involved in pet ownership may provide older people with a sense of purpose and responsibility, and encourage them to be less apathetic and more active in day-to-day activities…elderly people who lacked strong social support (for example, friends and family) remained relatively healthy during life-crises compared […]

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The Power of Pets

“The Power of Pets” by Laura Beil, Geocities/Petsburgh Zoo “Pet owners keep dogs and cats for companionship, affection and entertainment. Research is also suggesting that puppy love may help keep a person out of the doctor’s office. Companion animals are associated with lower stress, fewer doctors’ visits and even better survival after a heart attack. […]

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A Cancer Patients Best Friend

I’m giddy these days since Oscar came into my life. Caring for a pet is a welcome distraction from the day-to-day reality of being a cancer patient. I’m not sure what it is about puppies, but holding Oscar instantly makes me feel better. I’ve had him for only 13 days, but my new favorite pastime […]

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