pet Therapy

Pet Therapy

Other hospice services:

- Spiritual Care

- Bereavement

- Home Health Aide

- Occupational Therapy

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“There’s something about the presence of an animal that makes your worries go away. All you can think about is the animal.” 

Lily Rudningen – Ethos Hospice nurse and pet therapy volunteer (with Remi, her dog)

What is pet therapy? 

In pet therapy dogs and other animals provide comfort, unconditional love and distraction. It’s used in places as diverse as children’s hospitals and nursing homes.  

How does pet therapy help?  

It’s hard to keep from smiling when you see a friendly dog. But it goes beyond that.  

The benefits of pet therapy include:  

  • Reduced anxiety 

  • Improved mood 

  • Decreased depression 

  • Reduced stress 

  • Increased alertness 

“I’ve worked with patients in hospice who didn’t talk much. When Remi came into the picture, they talked.”  

Where can I receive pet therapy? 

Ethos homecare and Hospice offers pet therapy wherever you call home. Visits usually last 30 minutes to an hour.