Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy is a program designed to bring a smile to the patients and their families, and make their hospital stay more cheerful. Certified Pet Therapy Dogs, along with their owners, visit patients’ bedside and visit the Psychiatry Unit.

Currently we have a total of 15 Pet Therapy Dogs participating in the program. The joy the children receive is truly a wonderful sight, to love and be loved back, unconditionally, by these dogs. Additionally, these furry friends provide for a great anxiety reliever during difficult hospital stays.

This program is loved and appreciated by not only patients, but families, volunteers, and staff. Though it may seem a bit surprising to see dogs in a hospital, they elicit the biggest smiles from the children.

A Day in the Life of a Pet Therapy Dog: Odin

We are excited to announce our newest video series – Dog Vlogs! In today’s vlog, Odin will walk you through a day in the life of a pet therapy dog at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Stay tuned for more videos featuring our four-legged friends!

Pain Awareness Month: Pet Therapy

Alexandra Ramos and Zeus form part of the pet therapy team which provides support to children with pain.