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Therapy Dogs Lift Duke Patients’ Spirits (Video)

By Emily Critchfield May 20, 2016

The Pets at Duke program uses pet therapy to help patients while they are undergoing treatment. Studies show pet therapy can reduce stress and depression. Watch the video below to see two of the team’s dogs take a trip to the Duke Cancer Center.

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The Pets at Duke program started more than 20 years ago and has grown to include 19 handler-dog teams and 22 different dogs. Last year, the program served approximately 8,500 people. 

Research shows pet therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy intervention that reduces stress and depression. It also provides a sense of companionship that can combat feelings of isolation. 

The program serves nine different service areas including cancer and pediatric intensive care units. It’s one of a dozen support services offered to people being treated for cancer at Duke.

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