Pets may do more than provide unconditional love -- they may also help us heal. Studies have found that time spent with dogs decreased anxiety, side effects and despair levels in cancer patients.
As part of our support services, Beverly Hills Cancer Center is now using Chiclet, a Miniature Doberman Pinscher that weighs just nine pounds and is only six inches tall, for pet therapy as one of our newest cancer-fighting weapons at our relaxing Los Angeles facility.
Chiclet joined the medical team when Dr. Ari Gabayan, Chief of Radiation Oncology, adopted the rescued pet from the humane society after she was abandoned as a six-week old puppy. Dr. Gabayan says he knew that Chiclet was a special dog because she was so calm and good-natured. He says that small dogs such as Chiclet are easy for patients to interact with because of her small size and weight, so he had her trained as a therapy dog.
Chiclet knows to stay quiet, and especially knows how to share her love with others.
Patients often request to spend time with Chiclet on their treatment days, and can even cuddle with her during treatments such as chemotherapy infusion.
Dr. Gabayan notes that the moment patients pick her up or stroke her, he sees an immediate boost in their mood and less anxiety. Talk about puppy love!
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