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Dogs Giving Hugs Might Just Help Your Aches and Pains!

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Spending time with dogs might just be what the doctor ordered!

Ever asked a dog owner if their furry pal lifts their spirits? Chances are, you’ll hear a big, “Absolutely!” Most dog owners swear that hanging out with their canine buddy works wonders for the soul. Now, there’s some science to back that up.

Researchers from Canada discovered that a mere 10 minutes with a therapy dog can make a world of difference for patients in pain in the ER. Those lucky enough to get a visit from these tail-wagging healers reported:

  • A dip in pain by 43%
  • 48% less anxiety
  • 46% fewer blues
  • And a 41% mood boost

Here’s the deal: 97 ER patients were asked to spill on how they felt – think pain, mood, nerves – before and after their session with a therapy dog. They even checked the patient’s ticker and blood pressure during these moments.

Meanwhile, another 101 ER patients, who didn’t get a pup visit, were checked too – 30 minutes apart. And just to keep things square, both groups were a mix of ages, genders, and backgrounds.

Now, there’s a catch. The study isn’t foolproof. The researchers didn’t separate the warm, fuzzy effects of the dog from those of the handler. They only took data from one hospital and overlooked some details, like meds that could’ve tweaked pain levels or if patients had long-term pain issues.

Still, Jessica Chubak, a top researcher who didn’t have a hand in the study, told CNN that it’s a step in the right direction. “Our current understanding of the effects of therapy dog visits in emergency department settings is fairly limited,” she said. “So, it is particularly important to have more research in this area.

So, while we don’t have all the answers yet, it seems our four-legged pals might be onto something!

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