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Q: My 65 –year-old sister loves her dog but is having difficulty taking care of him. Her nurse has offered to feed and walk Bruno. Is that okay?

A: It is not recommended for a nurse to walk and feed your sister’s dog. Some homecare agencies will provide this service through personal support workers. It would be worth encouraging your sister to participate in walking the dog so that she maintains a healthy exercise routine. If she is unable to walk, a companion could take her outside in a wheelchair. This would allow your sister to get some fresh air and enjoy nature.

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