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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

The Importance of Training Standards and Policy for Service Animals
The importance of training standards and policy for service animals
Suson LDuncan

Service animals promote participation in life's activities, increase independence, and enhance quality of life. A U.S. civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990) defines service animal as any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. The most common service animals are dogs, although monkeys, cats, and other species have also been reported to serve in this role. Public education and lifestyle support are necessary to optimize the health benefits of the service animal to the individual. This chapter discusses the history, roles, and status ...

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