But perhaps the most sucessful new approach to holistic care has
been that of programs like CVT. CVT stands for Canine Visitation Therapy, otherwise known as Pet Therapy. While the name includes
canines it is not limited to dogs. The way pet therapy works is that trained, calm animals are brought in for the patients
to meet and interact with. Petting, holding, talking, laughing, and sometimes barking the patients cuddle and are largly comforted
by the animals. In one study dealing with pain perception of children who participate in CVT the results showed significant
decreases in pain. The children expresed feelings of relief saying things like "[The Dog] helped me think of other things
besides my surgery." The childrens parents have also made positive comments saying that the animal is "so good for children
to have something to take their minds off the pain." Here are some pictures of two dogs used in pet therapy.
To view the article in refrence to the study above click below.
Article on Pet Therapy