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Dog in Hospital – Animal Assisted Therapy

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In the United States it is already very common to see a dog in the hospital, and we are not talking about sick and bedridden puppies, but healthy dogs that visit their owners or loved ones in human hospitals and clinics. This method, called “zootherapy” or “animal-assisted therapy”, arrived in Brazil around 1997, and is having a great success in metropolitan hospitals today.

Take your dog in the hospital it can help a relative, or a friend hospitalized to be successful in your treatment, whatever it may be. This practice is widely used in elderly patients, children, the mentally ill and patients with motor difficulties. Therapy with dogs and other pets does not promise a cure for illness, but results in physical and mental benefits for patients who receive visits from animals.

Here we list some symptoms of improvement that patients showed after the pets’ visits:

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  • Improvement of motor capacity;
  • More resistant immune system;
  • Reduced depression symptoms;
  • Decreased anxiety;
  • Decreased blood pressure;
  • Increased sociability;
  • Increased self-esteem;
  • Feeling of improvement and well-being.

The animals most used in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes are dogs and cats. These establishments also allow the entry of other pets, such as: birds, bunnies, fish and turtles. In dog therapies, the most used (and preferred) breeds are Labrador and Golden Retriever, but we need to make it very clear that any breed of dog can be a therapist, as long as the dog is docile, trained and healthy.

It is essential that your dog has a good temperament, is not aggressive and that he is sociable when making visits in the hospital, after all, this is an environment where several people transit, both patients, doctors, nurses and other visitors. It is even possible that he finds another “visiting dog”, so he has to be very polite and sociable.

The presence of a pet in the hospital eases the tensions of everyone, both patients and visitors, after all, nobody likes to stay in the hospital, right? His presence favors communication relationships between people, especially between health professionals and patients. Who doesn’t melt when they see a dog, all loving and caring, visiting in an environment like these?


The objectives of taking dogs to visit hospitals or use animal therapy is to provide patients, both children, youth, adults and the elderly, with an experience that is different and more enjoyable than traditional therapies in hospital settings. Feelings such as joy and the surprise of finding a dog in the hospital provoke different types of reactions and emotions in children and adults, both in those who are hospitalized and those who are just passing through.

Some children with chronic illnesses, who stay in hospitals or clinics for long periods, have never had contact with dogs or pets. Many children had their first contact with dogs through projects that included visitation of pets in hospital environments.

In order to visit a relative or a dear friend in the hospital, the doctor needs to authorize the dog’s entry, and he has to have the vaccination card up to date and take a bath before the visit. Patients who have already received visits from their pets were very happy and said that the presence of the animals really helps in recovery. The time of the visit always depends on the behavior of the dog in the environment. To avoid contamination of the environment, some hospitals ask owners to put disposable diapers on pets.

Some hospitals do not allow the dog to enter if your guardian does not bring the animal’s documentation, or if he is sick. The visit was attended by several health professionals, such as nurses, physiotherapists and nutritionists, and, of course, the doctor responsible for the patient.

After all the measures have been taken, such as checking that your dog’s vaccination card is up to date, giving him a nice bath and making sure that he behaves very well in environments with other people and animals, he is free to make a pleasant visiting someone who is very special to you in the hospital.

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ATTENTION: This content is for information only and does not replace consultation with a veterinarian or specialized service. Find a supplier near your home.

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