Animals

These Hospital Therapy Dogs Show Kids That Medical Procedures Aren’t So Scary

These "dog-tors" are so good at their jobs!

Nothing brings a smile to a human’s face like the goofy grin of a golden retriever. So when a young child has to undergo an unfamiliar procedure in the hospital, having a dog go first helps them see that things will be OK.

That’s what a hospital in the United Kingdom found with their Animal Assisted Intervention Team. In addition to their regular duties of looking cute and sharing snuggles, the pack of “dog-tors” from SCH Therapy Dogs demonstrate equipment for little ones feeling nervous.

Jessie, for example, is expert at showing kids how to handle an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart. Here she is on the job in an Instagram post from the SCH Therapy Dogs account: