No, pets won't make cancer patients as sick as a dog

Patients worry that it's not healthy to have furry friends, but a review offers reassurance

Pet ownership and animal therapies bring more benefit than harm to patients with malignancies, an Australian study suggests.

man with puppy

In a literature review, researchers from the Royal Adelaide Hospital attempted to answer questions commonly asked by patients, including whether pets could cause cancer or potentially compromise their health while receiving chemotherapy.

The investigators found extensive evidence showing that animal-assisted therapies can alleviate distress, normalise the hospital environment and help distract from pain and worry.

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