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Pets need to watch their waistline too

It seems there are a thousand health and wellness regimes these days – cleanses, detoxes and diets too. When you take out the fads and trends, we all know it’s important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet – and the same is true for our animal companions. Estimates vary, but as many as 40% of …
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Supporting seniors to keep their companions

By JACQUIE KENNEDY  & Dr JOY VERRINDER Isolation and loneliness are among the most difficult challenges facing senior-aged people. Even more difficult can be losing a beloved companion animal and thinking you’re too old to have another. AWLQ’s Golden Hearts™ Seniors’ Pet Support Program supports senior-aged people through every step of pet ownership. It provides …
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Who rescues whom?

By ANNE BOXHALL So often with people and dogs, it’s a case of who rescues whom. Psychologist Chris Blazina has been studying the unique bond between men and dogs over several decades and believes dogs can help males develop into happier, healthier people. Dogs can break down self-imposed barriers of detachment and seclusion, helping men …
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PETS IN AGED CARE – AWLA PRESENTATION

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The immeasurable benefits of pets in aged care

By SHANNON STACEY Mr Wendell is no ordinary six-year-old Havanese dog. He holds the important title of Community Engagement Coordinator at Broughton Hall, a residential aged care facility in Camberwell, Victoria. The positive impact of the human-animal bond is supported by scientific data, case studies and research that validate the therapeutic effects of human-animal relationships. …
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