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A program of pet therapy to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being among hospitalized patients.
The Pet Therapy Visitation Program is a collaborative
program between the Departments of Volunteer Services, Social Work and
Nursing. Research studies suggest that interaction with healthy,
well-behaved pets (specifically, dogs) can improve a patient’s mood, lower
blood pressure and heart rate and stimulate other factors favorable to
healing. As well, pet therapy programs have been shown to improve staff
Our Pet Organizations: Caring Canines, Therapy Dogs International, The