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Therapy Dogs Help Cancer Patients Cope With Tough Treatments

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer may get an emotional lift from man’s best friend, a new study suggests. The study, of patients with head and neck cancers, is among the first to scientifically test the effects of therapy dogs — trained […]

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Dogs Know That Smile On Your Face

Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human faces, according to a new study in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on February 12. The discovery represents the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species, the researchers say. “We think the dogs in […]

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Neurobiological Basis of Human-Pet Relationship

How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? Researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs. It has become common for people who have pets […]

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Study Finds That Cats Pay More Attention to Us Than We Realize

Cats, long stereotyped as aloof and highly independent creatures compared to dogs, may be getting a bad rap.   Research recently published in the journal Animal Cognition posits that cats are quite in tune with their owners’ emotions, and respond to those emotions. The study, “Social referencing and cat–human communication,” details the results of an experiment conducted […]

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11 Million Ageing People in the UK Could Benefit from Owning a Pet

International Federation on Ageing and Bayer HealthCare release report highlighting awareness of how pets contribute to healthy ageing The first-of-its-kind international report investigates how dogs and cats may contribute to physical, mental and societal well-being, in an ageing global population. The health impact of pets on older people is explored in a new report published […]

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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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