Efficacy of Pet Therapy

Randomized trial below. You decide.

us-here.jpg Thanks to the Pawsitive Dog in Boston for training leading to the successful taking of this picture, and to Carolina's Photo Productions of Nassau, Bahamas (P.O. Box N-4906, Nassau, Bahamas) for this perspective.

You can also read Pet Therapy: The Evidence for real data.

More news:

"Researchers at the Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, Calif. - a non-profit educational and research organization dedicated to fighting cancer - and the Polish Academy of Sciences exposed dogs to breath samples from lung and breast cancer patients, as well as samples from healthy people. They said the dogs were able to detect cancer with astounding sensitivity: They identified 99% of the lung cancer breath samples (including early stage cancer patients) and 88% of the breast cancer samples.

"The researchers say the dogs' diagnoses rival those retrieved from more conventional routes, such as CT scans, PET scans, X-rays and mammograms. The study was released this week and will be published in the March edition of the journal for Integrative Cancer Therapies."

From Suzanne Rust, "Call it a pet scan: Research suggests dogs may be able to detect cancer in patients' breath." http://www.jsonline.com/news/gen/jan06/383867.asp