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New Study Shows Therapy Dogs Benefit From Their Jobs

Friday 20 November 2020


From the American Kennel Club:


Mayo Purina Caring Canine
After a 20-minute animal-assisted therapy session,
scientists measured the cortisol and oxytocin levels
of the dogs to determine hormonal changes,
ear temperatures, heart rate, and heart rate variability.

New Study Shows Therapy Dogs Benefit From Their Jobs

By Saige Driver
November 6, 2020
© The American Kennel Club, Inc. 2020. All rights reserved.

Whether it’s providing comfort after a long day or helping solve murders, it seems as though dogs can do almost anything. And, now a new study showed therapy dogs can help ease symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder with no known cure, but there are some treatment tools to help patients manage their symptoms such as fatigue, sleep issues, and memory and mood problems. Researchers have recently found a new tool for doctors — animal-assisted therapy.

Purina funded a study and partnered with the Mayo Clinic to discover the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy on Fibromyalgia patients. “Based on the study, animal-assisted activity can be confidently added as a new tool for doctors of patients with fibromyalgia to consider as part of their treatment plans,” said François Martin, M.A., Ph.D., the lead Purina scientist on the project.


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