Northwest Houston and Cypress News

01.03
2018

Dogs Are The Best Medicine

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I think we all know that dogs just make you feel good. Nursing homes have been using them for a long time to lift spirits. Dogs are offering a special type of medicine to patients at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital as the facility joins a roster of surrounding area centers that includes a pet therapy program on site. The four-legged friends visit the hospital's patient rooms, nursing units, and waiting areas. Hospital staff hopes the therapy dogs help to normalize the environment of the facility and play a part in making patients feel comfortable. Various scientific reports show that pet therapy can be recognized as therapeutic and recreational. Some benefits of pet therapy include lessening depression, developing social skills, increasing verbal communication, and reducing anxiety because of its calming effects.

Source: http://chron.com