What is pet therapy? 

Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a  field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose, such as providing comfort and enjoyment for nursing home residents. 
 
How does animal-assisted therapy work? 

Imagine you’re in the hospital. Your doctor mentions the hospital’s animal-assisted therapy program and asks if you’d be interested. You say yes, and your doctor arranges for someone to tell you more about the program. Soon after that, an assistance dog and its handler visit your hospital room. They stay for 10 or 15 minutes. You’re invited to pet the dog and ask the handler questions. 
 
Who can benefit from animal-assisted therapy? 

Animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems and it is available to our staff at Cooper.   

Email Eileen Baptiste in Patient Relations who coordinates the program to schedule a time for you and your team to have access to our team of dogs. (Baptiste-eileen@cooperhealth.edu) 856-342-2995