Entries by Marie Gilmore

Pets, Pets, Pets

A therapy animal can provide comfort and affection to a person who has a disability or serious illness. While most therapy pets are dogs, recent studies suggest cats may help increase empathy while decreasing anxiety for children with autism. 2021 Study: Cats help calm children with autism, according to new research from the University of Missouri. […]

Addressing Stress and Anxiety Treatment Through Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is becoming increasingly popular in medicine. This sort of treatment aids patients in recovering from a variety of health issues. Animal-assisted therapy is another popular name for it. An organized contact between a human and an animal is created in this type of treatment. The handlers are also involved in the engagement. Typically, the […]

The power of pets

The use of therapy animals has become less stigmatized over the years, and can be seen more and more often in hospitals, schools, and even colleges. Community Hospice & Palliative Care, an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care that was established in 1979, has taken a forefront on the use of therapy animals […]

Dogs are helping calm some nervous NJ residents getting vaccines

Living through the COVID pandemic has produced a great deal of stress and anxiety for many New Jersey residents. One group is offering a special kind of help at New Jersey’s vaccine mega site in Edison. Michael Litterer, the director of prevention and recovery at the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, said through […]

Veterinarians ready to serve pets of military community

After a nine-month hiatus, the Redstone Arsenal Veterinary Treatment Facility is open, and the staff is working to get the word out and let people know. “We’re back. We’re up and running and we’ve got our staffing going, and we are excited to serve the community and help out the retirees and active duty personnel,” […]

All dogs are ‘therapy dogs’

Most researchers believe dogs are sensitive to our behaviors, body language and emotions. Many times, these four-legged therapists offer comfort when we need them the most. A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out our 7-year-old Lab Teddy’s toy basket, and when I pulled out seven tug-of-war toys I immediately slumped, then sighed and fought […]