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Axarquía hospital introduces animal-assisted therapy for children

Health professionals and therapists with the dogs. sur
Health professionals and therapists with the dogs. sur
  • Director José Manuel Ramón said the presence of dogs can help overcome fears

The Paediatric unit at the Axarquía hospital in Torre del Mar has introduced some new members of staff to the team in the form of therapy dogs, thanks to a pioneering animal-assisted therapy programme.

Every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm children who are either spending time in hospital or have outpatient appointments will get the opportunity to spend time with the animals, providing their condition allows them to do so.

According to José Manuel Ramón, director of the hospital's Paediatric unit, the presence of dogs during certain interventions can "help professionals and patients overcome different situations and fears". He added, "Therapy dogs can form bonds with children without using words."