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Pets Elevate Happiness of Chronic Pain Patients

Christina Lasich, MD Health Pro March 16, 2009
  • "My Dog is a Therapist", the license plate frame read. Pet therapy is being use in many different settings: nursing homes, hospitals, and clinic offices. Pets have an uncanny sense of pain and suffering. And they know when someone needs a hug. Look deep into a dog's eye. You can see the compassion an...

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  • Marilyn Oakes
    Jan. 05, 2013

    Hi, Dr. Lasich. I was so glad to see that you use Moose to help pain patients. I am a licensed counselor specializing in rehab counseling and chronic pain, and my wonderful white pit bull, Snow White, goes to work with me every day. About 80% of my patients want her in the room, and some will call to see if they have an appointment with Snow. :) Snow is a rescue...

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    Hi, Dr. Lasich. I was so glad to see that you use Moose to help pain patients. I am a licensed counselor specializing in rehab counseling and chronic pain, and my wonderful white pit bull, Snow White, goes to work with me every day. About 80% of my patients want her in the room, and some will call to see if they have an appointment with Snow. :) Snow is a rescue who appeared on my doorstep, beaten, starving, parasitic, and near death. Her vet said if she survived the treatment for parasites, she'd probably be ok but if he didn't treat her, she'd be dead. At age 6 months, she weighed 9 pounds. Now, she weighs 25 pounds, which is half-size for white pits but the perfect size for a therapy dog. We had just adopted two pups from the Humane Society and I couldn't leave Snow unattended with them, as she was too frail. They wouldn't have hurt her on purpose, but they were young and frisky, so she went to work with me. The first two weeks, all she did was eat and sleep. About the third week, she started greeting people at the door and begging into laps. She had no reason to trust humans but you had to prove to her you were a bad person. I thought - omigosh, this is a therapy dog. I have done basic obedience training, but you cannot teach what she does intuitively. She's a true pro and my people love her. She makes it possible for people to get through difficult material more easily, and if I had known how much she would revolutionize my practice, I'd have gotten a therapy dog years ago. I'd post a photo, but I didn't see a link. :)

    • Marilyn Oakes
      Jan. 05, 2013

      BTW, her photos are up on my Facebook page in the album: Weagle, Wildcat, Snow White and AubieDog.

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Jan. 06, 2013

      That's wonderful Marilyn. Some people don't like to see doctors but will come to an appointment just to see the dog. The smiles are priceless. Not only do I bring one of my personal dogs to the office, I usually bring a foster dog to the office. People like to see the progress of the rescue dogs and the graduation to the new forever home. Dogs and people helping...

      RHMLucky777

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      That's wonderful Marilyn. Some people don't like to see doctors but will come to an appointment just to see the dog. The smiles are priceless. Not only do I bring one of my personal dogs to the office, I usually bring a foster dog to the office. People like to see the progress of the rescue dogs and the graduation to the new forever home. Dogs and people helping each other. It's a beautiful thing!!

       

      Happy Tails..

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

      California coordinator for the Pointer Rescue Organization

  • Dean
    Mar. 19, 2009

    I have gone through so much surgery in the last 2 1/2 years and my dog Bella stays at my side 24/7. Even when everyone is home she will go downstairs to greet them and come right back up to the bedroom with me.

     

    When I would get home from the hospital after a surgerical prodeure she would lay her enitire body over mine as if she needed to protect me.

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    RHMLucky777
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    I have gone through so much surgery in the last 2 1/2 years and my dog Bella stays at my side 24/7. Even when everyone is home she will go downstairs to greet them and come right back up to the bedroom with me.

     

    When I would get home from the hospital after a surgerical prodeure she would lay her enitire body over mine as if she needed to protect me.

     

    It is loyalty and companionship you could never put a price on. What is more important is that all they want from you is to love them in return.

     

    I cherish everyday I have with her and all of my best friends that have passed over the years of my life. Each and every one was and is very very special.

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Mar. 19, 2009

      The strong, silent presence of a living creature (human, dog, cat, bird, etc...) who cares is sometimes all one needs to heal. God bless all living creatures, great or small.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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