Is There a Bigger Role for Service Dogs to Play in Medicine?
The emergency room of you community hospital isn't exactly a fun place to hang out. When waiting for emergency care, stress levels can be off the charts but researchers have discovered therapy dogs can help patients feel better.
Researchers in Canada determined that emergency room patients who spent 10 minutes with a visiting therapy dog reported they felt more comfortable, happier, and less distressed while waiting for emergency care. Good boy = good patient!
The takeaway in light of crowded emergency rooms and longer waits suggests that therapy dogs may have a broader therapeutic role to play comforting patients in distress and pain.