Archive April 2018 XIX, No. 4

Ideas That Work: Power Pups

Pet Therapy Dogs Work the Waiting Room

Outpatient Surgery Editors


Dog Days
DOG DAYS A gentle, friendly therapy dog could put those in your waiting room at ease.

Let therapy dogs make rounds every weekday in our waiting area for family members of patients in for same-day surgery. We've seen the dogs lift the mood of the entire room. Even after the dogs leave, you'll hear people talking to each other about their dogs, so now they're having conversations about something that makes them happy rather than worrying about a loved one in surgery.

One of the most surprising benefits has been the effect the dogs have had on staff morale. When staff members see one of the dogs walking down the hallway, their faces instantly light up, and many of them have treats at the ready. We partnered with a non-profit pet-visitation service that trains dogs for healthcare environments. We ask each owner to make sure their dog receives a bath the night before they visit. In addition, each dog has to be up on his vaccines and treated for fleas.

Lee Halloran
Beebe Medical Center
Lewes, Del.


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