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Imagine a day when, instead of writing a prescription for an antidepressant, a doctor will recommend spending some quality time with a golden retriever.
Pets aren’t likely to replace modern pharmaceuticals anytime soon, but they can serve as a catalyst for healing both the body and the mind. In fact, scientists say animals can help with ailments ranging from soothing stress before an exam, to helping a stroke victim re-learn how to walk.
Dr. Aubrey Fine, psychologist, author of "Our Faithful Companions"
Sue Grundfest, founder, Las Vegas Pet Partners