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Pet Therapy

Being in a hospital can be a frightening time for children away from the comforts of home and family, facing medical procedures and treatments. NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital's two pet therapy programs provide weekly visits from therapy dogs to our hospitalized children, as well as those in outpatient areas. The use of therapy dogs has been shown to help reduce stress for pediatric patients and their families. Scientific studies are showing the many benefits, ranging from encouraging smiles and conversation, to motivating them during physical therapy.

The Angel On a Leash program brings together The Westminster Kennel Club and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital to benefit young patients and their families through the integration and expansion of therapy dogs into patient care. The therapy dogs connect patients, especially those who are coping with chronic illness, to the outside world. The dogs bring unconditional love, which greatly contributes to the emotional and physical healing process.

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