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Therapy dogs making a difference at Midtown Medical Center

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Therapy dogs are becoming more popular and can often be seen in hospital rooms, giving some patients a little love.

Michelle Cox is a Pet Therapy Team volunteer for Midtown Medical and the John B. Amos Cancer Center. Michelle has been involved in pet therapy for over 25 years and takes great joy in what she and her three dogs bring to long term patients and in orienting other Pet Therapy Teams to the hospitals.

Michelle takes all Pet Therapy Teams throughout the hospitals with one of her three therapy dogs, to show them hands on, what scenarios they will be dealing with.

Introducing them to wheelchairs, crowded hallways, elevator etiquette, busy environments, loud noises, IV poles, beeps, intercoms and what to look for when infection control is involved.

She also goes over different cues that the patients, family and guests may react to, dealing with distractions, and getting a feel for the atmosphere around them.

The staff who serve the patients need therapy as well and they look forward to seeing the dogs heading their way for a quick visit before checking on a patient.

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