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Animal hospital – the therapeutic use of pets

Recent guidelines have stated how the use of animals can improve the mental well-being of patients who have long-term conditions.

Recent guidelines have stated how the use of animals can improve the mental well-being of patients who have long-term conditions.

Ellie Walshs first attempt at using animals to improve the well-being of people with mental health problems came when she brought two guinea pigs into an acute inpatient ward in 2006.

They lived in the garden for quite a while in a proper hutch and the patients and staff all helped looked after them. They were effective in reducing anxiety among the patients and soothing them.

Ms Walsh, a nurse and assistant director of acute and rehabilitation services for NAViGO Health and Social Care, a community interest company in Lincolnshire, has set up a partnership with the Grimsby Institutes animal care

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