Entries by Marie Gilmore

The Bonds Between Disabled People and Their Pets

Animals are instrumental to disabled people for comfort, support, and empowerment. The skill pets have to console their humans in vulnerable moments, guide in moments of discomfort, and encourage in instances of defeat has been proven countless times. Having a pet has numerous health benefits according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Animals help […]

UA campus sees spike in support animals during pandemic

Almost every morning when Jennalee Wilson wakes up, she is forced out of bed by her furry alarm clock, Cleo the calico cat. “I cannot get out of bed, it’s the biggest challenge of the day, but little Cleo will be sitting, and her bowl will be full, let me just state that,” Wilson said. […]

Discover the remarkable healing power of therapy cats

(BPT) – You’re probably familiar with therapy dogs visiting hospitals, schools, senior centers and nursing homes to help alleviate stress and provide comfort in times of need. But did you know that time spent with therapy cats provides scientifically proven emotional benefits as well? A white paper by Pet Partners found that therapy animals have been shown […]

Pets show their power during pandemic and elsewhere

Owning or bonding with pets provided an even more important benefit to human well-being than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The value of companionship and emotional support that pets provide has become more significant during the pandemic,” said Dr. Fane Cross, veterinarian at the Routt County Humane Society Wellness Clinic. “People have become attached to […]

Dog Years: New Research Will Track Canine Aging

MONDAY, Feb. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Joshua Akey admits he didn’t care much for dogs in his youth. “My wife, who grew up with dogs, convinced me that we should get a dog our first year in graduate school. I very begrudgingly agreed, and have been a dog person ever since,” said Akey, a […]

Pet therapy group visits campus, alleviates stress

Alexander Gustanski, Campus Reporter FEBRUARY 16, 2022 Last week, the Fur Angels charity visited the Oakland Center. Handlers brought their dogs to OU for students to engage in canine therapy. The Fur Angels visited campus to help students with their first full week of in-person classes since December. The Fur Angels are a pet therapy […]

How animals could help provide health benefits

A lot of people grow up around a pet, whether they have one of their own or someone they know does. Many people are first introduced to animals as children. What children are too young to understand is that pets can help contribute to a less stressful life along with other potential health benefits. Research […]