PawThere’s Nothing Like A Cuddly Saint Bernard to Lower Blood Pressure

A Saint Bernard named Dazzle and her handler, Susan, visit Ogden Regional Medical Center every week. Susan describes a visit with a patient whose blood pressure was monitored every 15 minutes. “She’d just had her blood pressure taken before we stepped into the room,” said Susan, “and after our visit her blood pressure had dropped 20 points.” Susan also observes, “Some of our best work has been with people in waiting rooms. These people are waiting for something positive about someone they care about, and when we walk in, I can feel the mood lighten. They reach out and need something big and cuddly.”
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