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Pet therapy brings joy to service users

Service users at Edward Street Hospital in West Bromwich are receiving regular therapeutic visits from Maisey under Pets As Therapy – known as PAT dogs – initiative.

Eight-year-old Maisey is a King Charles spaniel and visits service users on the wards alongside her owner every two weeks.

Pets as Therapy is proven to be an effective form of therapy for those living with dementia and is based on the principle that pet therapy promotes physical and emotional health. Petting, cuddling and even simply sitting with an animal can have a positive effect on overall health.

Talking about the Pets at Therapy sessions, Karen Denny, Team Lead Allied Health Professional for Urgent Care said, “It is very rewarding to see the patients’ reactions and sometimes it can have a remarkable effect. Maisey provides stimulation and helps patients communicate feelings of calm and happiness as they interact with her

“Services users and staff always comment on what a lovely and calm dog, Maisey is,” Karen added. "She is extremely popular and is loved by all the staff, visitors and patients who meet her and there is nothing better than seeing everyone’s faces light up when she visits.”

Pets As Therapy is a national charity that enhances health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the United Kingdom.