Vital Signs: Animal Therapy

Animal Therapy, Health Channel


At 6:15am, Casper is up and ready for work. He eats some breakfast, and puts on his uniform and badge. Then he gets in the car and heads off to the hospital, where he joins countless doctors and nurses tending to sick children. But Casper is not your ordinary employee. He happens to have four legs and a fluffy tail.

Dr. Gupta explores the world of animal-assisted therapy. From lowering stress and anxiety to reducing the risk of heart disease, dogs like Casper and a host of other animals have been scientifically proven to help our health. Plus, see how tapping into a dog’s sense of smell may actually help us detect cancer.

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