Study suggests pets can help with chronic pain

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U of A study suggests having a pet can help relieve some chronic pain

If you live with chronic pain a dose of man's best friend may be just what the doctor ordered.

A new study at the University of Alberta suggests sleeping with or nearby pets can help improve rest for people who have chronic pain.

Seven people between the ages of 45 and 70 who've had chronic pain for 8-30 years were surveyed and the research found that resting with a dog nearby enforced a routine, and a sense of security not felt before.

The University hopes a larger study of the pilot project could be beneficial when considering long-term care strategies or facilities that prohibit pets.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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