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The Healing Power of Pets

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Loved ones can often feel isolated and alone. Some studies have found that just a few minutes a day petting or visiting with an animal lowers the stress hormone of cortisol and increases the feel-good hormone of serotonin. The results can range from lowered heart rates and blood pressure to decreased depression.

Meet Dr. Teddy!  Teddy provides unconditional love to patients, doctors and caregivers.  He is always ready with a big doggie smile and a wagging tail.  No matter what the day is like, everyone can count on Teddy to brighten it.  Animals often make strong connections with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients; Dr. Teddy can animate the most stoic patients.

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We love our pets!

Pets are “healers” through the power of touch.

Pets can also benefit caregivers, who can feel alone and overwhelmed by their responsibilities. A wagging tail, a doggy smile and unconditional love can make the difference in the day. Pets can reduce stress and bring a smile to a caregiver’s face.

Pets may just be what the doctor orders!

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Making Memories

Dogs are the perfect therapists and companions for individuals with dementia. They can provide a tremendous source of social support and unconditional love. Memories are made and treasured every day.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

– Anatole France

 

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Therapy animals have long been used to assist blind and disabled individuals. Now, dogs and pets of all kinds have become increasingly common in the treatment of individuals with dementia related disorders.