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MentalHelp.Net: "A Doggone Good Therapist."
Merck Veterinary Manual: "Health Benefits of Pets for People."
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Cat Exposure Increases Asthma Risk for Children of Asthmatic Mothers."
National Stroke Association: "The Healing Power of Animals."
NIH News in Health: "Can Pets Help Keep You Healthy?"
Paws for Comfort.
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Princeton University, Research at Princeton: "Cancer collaboration could someday help dogs and their humans."
Psychology Today: "Pets & Kids With ADD."
Qureshi, A. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, January 2009.
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine: "Hand & Paw."
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: "Infants Exposed to Dogs Less Likely to Develop Allergic Diseases."
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