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Benefits of Pet Therapy in Dementia


Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: January 2003 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 49-52

Pet therapy is a centuries-old treatment approach. The new news is that pet therapy is now being validated via scientific and anecdotal data proving its effectiveness. This article shows that pet therapy is worth considering for the care plan of persons with dementia.

Linda Laun is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Co-Founder of WAGS Pet Therapy of Kentucky, Inc. She is a Team Evaluator for Delta Society, and owner-trainer of Happy Tails Pet & Obedience School, Louisville, KY.

Address for correspondence: Linda Laun, 2934 Klondike Lane, Louisville, KY 40218-4710 (e-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.