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    The healing power of pets

    Published on May 13, 2018 By David Doll, psychiatric counselor, behavioral health, Mount Nittany Medical Center

    In 1859, Florence Nightingale wrote, “A small pet is an excellent companion for the sick, the long chronic cases especially.” Recent studies and observations from health professionals agree. Many older adults are lonely, resulting in depression that can also lead to physical problems. Having a pet helps its owner focus on something other than his health concerns and negative preoccupation with loss or aging.

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