Health News: Therapy Dogs Prove Their Worth

Introducing a therapy dog into an existent intervention program for inpatients with schizophrenia improved symptoms, social contact, and quality of life related with social relationships, reported a study from Spain. The use of therapy dogs is increasing, and they are being used in different contexts, everything from helping war veterans with PTSD to helping severely autistic high school students interact with their peers. “Kids can be having a screaming temper tantrum, and he lies down next to them and they become calm,” said Missy Bean, a school social worker who owns Henry the therapy dog. “It’s beyond miraculous.”