AR-News: "pet" therapy & disease transmission
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Tue May 4 14:06:05 EDT 2004
ARE THEIR BARKS WORSE THAN THEIR BUGS?
Doctors Warn that, while Beneficial, Pet Therapy Programs Should be Diligent
to Keep from Spreading Animal Diseases to Patients
Globe and Mail, Dawn Walton, May 4, 2004
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Calgary -- Worms. Bites. Viruses. Scratches. Bacteria. Instinctively, you'd
think health-care providers would want to avoid introducing these icky and
potentially deadly things into places such as hospitals, hospices and
nursing homes. Indeed, there's apprehension about bringing dogs, cats and
other creatures into health-care facilities despite a growing body of
evidence that shows just petting a pet lowers stress, heart rates and blood
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