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2009-05-26 14:53:00

Animal-assisted & Creative Therapies to help children with special needs BRADENTON, Fla., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal-assisted & Creative Therapies (ACT) today announced plans to open a new 9-acre facility that will use animatronic animal therapy to assist in the development of children with special needs. Headed by renowned dolphin-assisted therapy researcher Dr. David Nathanson, the program is thought to be the first of its kind in the world. The center is set to open in...

2009-05-08 22:31:07

Pet therapy dogs could carry pathogens from patient to patient, Canadian researchers say. The study was reported by researchers at the University of Guelph in a letter to the editor of the Journal of Hospital Infection. The study of 26 pet therapy dog-handler teams visited acute care facilities and long-term care facilities. Prior to each visit, the dog's forepaws and their handlers' hands were tested for MRSA, vancomycin-resistant enterococci and C.difficile. In addition, the investigator...

2009-05-07 13:35:24

In a letter to the Editor of the Journal of Hospital Infection, published by Elsevier, S. Lefebvre and J.S. Weese from the University of Guelph in Canada describe a study that investigated whether MRSA and C.difficile could be passed between pet therapy dogs and patients. The findings suggested that MRSA and C. difficile may have been transferred to the fur and paws of these canine visitors through patients handling or kissing the dogs, or through exposure to a contaminated healthcare...

2008-06-24 06:00:00

Tybee, a 10-year-old rough-coat Jack Russell terrier, has lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. "(Having cancer) really hasn't affected him except the big treatments, which make him nauseous," said his owner, Kathy Maschka.Tybee's normally long hair fell out when he began treatment six months ago, giving him a freshly trimmed look.Friday he went for his last round of chemotherapy in Charleston. After his treatment, he nibbled on his favorite meal -- chicken and Special K cereal....

2008-06-24 02:30:00

Tybee, a 10-year-old rough-coat Jack Russell terrier, has lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. "(Having cancer) really hasn't affected him except the big treatments, which make him nauseous," said his owner, Kathy Maschka.Tybee's normally long hair fell out when he began treatment six months ago, giving him a freshly trimmed look.Friday he went for his last round of chemotherapy in Charleston. After his treatment, he nibbled on his favorite meal -- chicken and Special K cereal....

2008-01-23 06:00:00

ST. LOUIS -- His broad shoulders, erect ears and jet black hair are striking enough to raise the hair along anyone's neck; however, there is something about him that makes him less intimidating than most Doberman Pinschers. His breed is infamous for bad behavior. Yet, he sat contentedly on the living-room floor browsing a page from his favorite magazine and waiting for a signal that releases him from story time. Fritz is a 3-year-old purebred Doberman Pinscher and experienced therapy...

2005-12-23 15:00:00

By Russell McCulley NEW ORLEANS -- Now New Orleans has really gone to the dogs. A group of pet owners from Virginia and New York has brought their "therapy" dogs to the storm-stricken city to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bring Christmas cheer to stressed-out victims of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers from Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Recovery arrived in New Orleans this week with a dozen dogs and have been making the rounds at FEMA disaster recovery centers where aid...


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