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The healing power of pets : harnessing the amazing ability of pets to make and keep people happy and healthy
Becker, Marty, 1954-
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New York : Hyperion, [2002]

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x, 270 pages ; 25 cm
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From Dr. Marty Becker, co-author of the bestsellers Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul comes a ground-breaking new book that reveals the stirring stories and medical miracles behind the healing power of pets.

Pets and people have been living together for thousands of years, but as pets have moved indoors, there have been extraordinary changes in the relationship. In the last twenty years, medical research has increasingly proven the healing effect pets can have for the ill, the elderly, the stressed-out, and the emotionally disengaged. Research shows that people with pet companions have fewer doctor visits and recover more quickly from severe illnesses. In The Healing Power of Pets, Dr. Marty Becker, resident vet on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, shows readers how pets can prevent, detect, treat, and in some cases cure a variety of maladies, from arthritis to asthma, and from Alzheimer's to depression. Pets decrease cardiovascular risk factors, motivate their sedentary owners to exercise, and help people deal with chronic pain.

In addition, the book offers heart-warming true stories of pets who have enriched--even saved--their owner's lives to reveal the lasting physical, emotional, and social benefits of the human-animal bond.

Author Notes

Dr. Marty Becker is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's Good Morning America. His highly regarded weekly newspaper column, "The Bond," is distributed internationally. Dr. Becker is also a contributing editor for Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines, and is the chief veterinary correspondent for He is the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul. Dr. Becker lives in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Danelle Morton is a Los Angeles-based writer with a distinguished journalism career. She has worked for publications ranging from The New York Times to People magazine, and has served as a foreign correspondent, state capital bureau chief, columnist, and associate bureau chief of People's Los Angeles bureau

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Booklist Review

Veterinarian Becker, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, and coauthor Morton write lovingly of the warm relationship between pets and humans but, more important, detail the advantages to health and harmony that an animal in the home can bring. Quoting surveys that discuss the healing effect pets can have, Becker also offers lots of anecdotal stories about people whose lives have been not just improved but saved by their pets. Pets are on record as having helped their owners overcome such illnesses as asthma and depression, and in one especially intriguing case, a dog is able to sense when his owner is about to have a cardiac episode. Children who own pets, Becker notes, learn responsibility and have better self-esteem than those who don't. And the elderly, who often long for loving touch, can build a whole world around their pets. This has an easy style that will draw pet-owning readers, and Becker's gig as resident vet on Good Morning America will ensure demand. --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: The Bond--The Cementing of Science and Soulp. 1
Part 1 The Healing Power of Petsp. 21
A Healthy Start--The Power of Childhood Petsp. 23
Untying the Knot of a Troubled Childhoodp. 47
Bypass Heart Problemsp. 60
Cancer Cures--How Pets Are Giving People a Second Chancep. 78
Chronic Pain--Take Two Pets and Call Me in the Morningp. 99
Sedentary Lifestyle--A Heart-to-Heart Walkp. 111
Hippotherapy--Horse Sensep. 122
Animal Assisted Therapy--The One-Eyed Wonder Drug and Other Animal Healersp. 134
Assistance Animals--I Get by with a Little Help from My Friendp. 145
Seniors--Everyday Miracles from the Love of a Petp. 164
Part 2 The Pet Prescriptionp. 183
Finding the Best Pet for What Ails Youp. 185
Are You Pet-Ready?--Tests and tips to help you define the perfect pet for your health and well beingp. 189
Looking for Love in All the Right Places--How to pick the right dog or cat at the shelter or the breeders using the Tripp Testsp. 202
Filling the Perfect Pet Prescription--Pets and their role in some major illnesses: asthma, allergies, aging, arthritis, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, and heart problemsp. 211
Part 3 Deepening the Bondp. 225
Getting the Most Out of Your Relationshipp. 227
Quiz Time: Grading Your People-Pet Bondp. 229
Health Care Checklistp. 237
Achieving the Ultimate Bondp. 240
Resourcesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 259