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  • A new study published in Scientific Reports from Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in Sweden shows that while growing up with dogs is linked to a lower risk of asthma, there was no relation between hypoallergenic breeds and a lower risk of asthma.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • The University of Central Oklahoma has its first on-campus therapy dog, Kevin the Greyt. A greyhound, Kevin retired from racing at five years old, and was adopted in November 2016 by Alex Russell, Assistant Director of Health Promotion at the university's Center for Counseling and Wellbeing. Russell realized he had the potential to provide a service through the center, and Kevin earned his therapy dog certification within six months.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • A family in Dorset is running a farm with livestock used for animal-assisted therapy. The team there are qualified in teaching, special educational needs, and occupational therapy, and they work with about 20 schools through Dorset and Somerset.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • Community Dental Services CIC in Suffolk are using a six-year-old beagle named Basil to provide comfort to patients with pet therapy.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • Paws from the Heart, with 15 teams of dogs and handlers trained and ready to respond to crises and emergencies, celebrated its first anniversary in November.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences community service program Pets Forever helps elderly and disabled residents of Larimer County to keep their pets. Volunteers with the program help pet owners provide basic care like dog walking and litter-box cleaning, and the program offers some financial support for veterinary care, including spay and neutering services.

    Dec 03, 2018

  • The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation is establishing a new pet therapy program called PUPS (Providing Unconditional Patient Support). This month, they approved more than $30,000 to establish it, which will allow the hospital to employ a program manager and will pay for a full-time facility dog.

    Nov 30, 2018

  • Partnering with Mars Petcare and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, the Pet Leadership Council is leading pilot programs in Austin and Columbus to make workplaces and housing more pet friendly. Research has shown that in Austin, only 28 percent of the housing is pet friendly, while it's 38 percent in Columbus.

    Nov 30, 2018

  • A study finding that children who experience stress and then interact with therapy dogs benefit from a decrease in anxiety and mood improvements was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Researchers from Yale University studies these outcomes with children benefiting from interactions with therapy dogs compared to outcomes for children who were provided a soothing object or had no intervention.

    Nov 30, 2018

  • In 2015, the American Board of Family Medicine published a lengthy review of the known health benefits of dog ownership. They presented evidence indicating that dogs have many positive benefits on both kids, and adults

    Oct 29, 2018

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