Pet therapy is gaining in popularity and there are many dogs like Boston who spend countless hours cheering elderly patients. Boston is a retired guide dog who entered pet therapy as his second career.
But pet therapy is not just for cheering. Pets have been proven to help lower blood pressure, as my own doctor’s dog, Elton has helped me. With Elton in the room, my pressure is lower. (I didn’t used to believe all of this either, but that was before I had experienced it myself.) Elton, a King Charles Spaniel, has been through special pet therapy training as has Boston.
In the video we can see Boston doesn’t bark loudly, and barks only in “whispers”. I have never heard Elton bark either, so one of the traits of a therapy dog is a quiet nature. They are not bouncy excitable animals. Continue reading “Therapy Dogs Help Elderly Patients Lower Blood Pressure”