Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

1.800.653.4490 info@OhiosHospice.org
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In Honor of Love Your Pet Day – A Thank You for the Healing Power of Pets

Pets may not be superheroes, but they do have special healing powers.

Animal assisted therapy is one of several complementary therapies offered by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County to benefit patients. Trained pet therapy animals are frequent patient visitors and their impact can be significant.

A study completed in the 1980’s found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived significantly longer than those who didn’t. That early finding was the first evidence that pet therapy might have real clinical significance in patient outcomes.

Since then, further studies have shown that companion pets help people cope with stress, reduce depression, prevent loneliness and improve socialization. Animal assisted therapy can help promote healing and reduce fatigue. Studies have shown an increase in people’s level of oxytocin after pet interactions. Petting one’s own dog can reduce blood pressure. Nursing homes that have provided pet therapy have demonstrated a decreased use of psychotropic drugs and greater than 50% reduction in healthcare costs.

Pet therapy has been introduced as a component in clinical care settings including child counseling, acute care, addiction treatment, dementia, disability, extended care and hospice and palliative care.

Ohio’s Hospice is grateful for these incredible therapists and thank them for sharing their healing powers with our patients and families.

Here’s some pet stories from Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County!

Click here to learn about Scout!

Click here to read Gina’s story!