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Dogs for Treatment and Comfort

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Did you know that pets are quickly becoming an important part of modern patient care? Many hospitals are realizing that friendly dogs can help people heal significantly faster.  There’s a commercial showing a little girl in the hospital and the nurse comes to the door with a dog. The little girl says “more treatment?” The nurse responds “Where going to try sometime different today” as the dog goes over to the little girl’s bed and she begins to smile.

Dogs that are carefully chosen and well trained can act as physical therapists for the ailing patient.  Dogs encourage the patients to exercise their arms and legs by playing a game of fetch or grooming. These dogs are particularly helpful to patients that need physical therapy after a brain or spinal cord injury. Patients also benefit from the dogs unconditional love and acceptance. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.  We could all benefit from a little of this therapy. So at the end of a hard day at work, give your candystriper dog a nice comfortable place to sleep and a few snacks won’t hurt!

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