Tag: therapy dog
Every year, approximately 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in the United States. Recovering from an SCI can take a huge mental, emotional and physical toll on patients, but animal-assisted therapy may play an integral role in easing some of the challenges patients face.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have partnered with Hand in Paw, Alabama’s premier animal-assisted therapy provider, to assess the efficacy of AAT dogs as an aid in rehabilitation following an SCI.
KUSA – Sage, a therapy dog, has always had a knack for bringing joy to patients rehabilitating from spinal cord injuries at Craig Hospital.
Sadly, the 6-year-old Doberman may have been born with a connection to those patients.
Veterinarians just discovered he is battling a spinal cord compression of his own – which means his next visit to a hospital will not be to comfort people, it will be for a surgery of his own.