Dogs in Healthcare Settings

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You may be overjoyed to hear that interacting with dogs can have a variety of health benefits to people. However, before you invite man’s best friend into your care facility, there are several considerations that need to be made in order to ensure that clients, volunteers, visitors, staff and dogs can all have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Studies have found that interacting with, stroking and petting dogs lowers blood pressure and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Dogs may also decrease loneliness, improve mood and help people feel socially supported. However, while there are several benefits associated with the presence of dogs in healthcare settings, it's also important to consider infection, allergies, and health and safety.


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Xavier Mathew
09 May 2022
Good topic
Catherine Harding
24 Apr 2022
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K. Purdie
09 May 2022
Interesting to note legislation
Bernadette David
10 Apr 2023
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excellent information
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Very interesting read
Debbie Clarke
27 Apr 2022
Very interesting
Fiona Dowler
16 May 2022
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Succinct information, easy to read. Carefully constructs the safety aspects for the client, and the benefits.
Marive Paje
15 May 2022
Great help.
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31 May 2022
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