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Dogs ... the best medicine of all Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 June 2017 13:08

It has long been accepted that dogs are good for people, physically and mentally. They encourage us to take exercise resulting in lower blood pressure and other benefits and help the lonely to make friends. For many older people, a dog is their sole companion and lifeline.  Which is why it is so depressing that 70% of UK care homes ban pets - unlike the US, France, Norway and Switzerland who have laws forcing providers to accept elederly residents' pets.  Each year thousands of dogs are destroyed because their owners go into care homes while more than 100,000 are rehomed.  Recently the Royal College of Nursing said it thought pets should be able to visit their owners in hospital since such a visit helps patients recover more quickly.  Of course nobody is suggesting that horses, dogs, cats and rabbits start galloping around in intenisve care but surely a well behaved dog would not disrupt a long stay or rehab ward? 

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