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Community Care Hospice

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

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

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

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's 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 Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

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!

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