Monday, July 20, 2015

Who let the dogs out in nursing?

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE dogs (especially black labs)! My daughter, Lauren, is 28 and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. She has a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Mr. Toy (Toyon is his real name) has helped Lauren in many ways and quickly became the love and joy of our family.

Dogs have long been considered man's best friend. But, can a nurse bring a dog to work? The answer is sometimes "yes" and sometimes "no". This article discusses the differences between service, therapy and support dogs and provides examples of dogs at work in nursing practice settings.

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