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   Healing With Animals!
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Research finding are proving that pets actually have the power to heal
Research finding are proving that pets actually have the power to heal their owners.  Research shows this is especially true for the elderly.  Many times being alone is more than a person can take.  When loneliness moves in often times a widowed person can die of a broken heart.  Pets provide lots of love and affection that can save the life of a lonely person and make the days not so bleak.

Many patients who regularly get pet visits are more receptive to medical treatments and nourishment.  Animals give people the will to live.  Animals give people unconditional love and acceptance.

Research has found that pets lower blood pressure.  Animals can be a stress release and a way for a person to interact which gives a person a easy way to exercise even if they didn't feel like it.  A pet will give a person a since of belonging and a feeling that they can communicate.
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of the 52 who had pets." "A recent study concluded that owning a pet can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 2% and that pets are better than medication in reducing blood pressure." "Dogs which are trained to be guide dogs can help people with visual impairments."

Pets in long-term care institutions
"Even pet owners residing in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home, experience health benefits from pets." "Pets for nursing homes are chosen based on the size of the pet, the amount of care that the breed needs, and the population and size of the care institution." "Appropriate pets go through a screening process and, if it is a dog, additional training programs to become a therapy dog."

"Different pets require varying amounts of attention and care; for example, cats have lower maintenance requirements than dogs." documentation_license
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Healing with Animals
The role of animals in assisting the healing of physically or emotionally traumatized humans has entered the canon of medical science.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060208185356.htm
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Effects of pets on their caregiver's health
Wikipedia tell us that "Pets have the ability to stimulate their caregivers, in particular the elderly, giving people someone to take care of, someone to exercise with, and someone to help them heal from a physically or psychologically troubled past." Having a pet may help people achieve health goals, such as lowered blood pressure, or mental goals, such as decreased stress." "There appears to be strong evidence that having a pet can help a person lead a longer, healthier life." "In a study of 92 people hospitalized for coronary ailments, within a year 11 of the 29 without pets had died, compared to only 3