"Scooter gives me so much joy and I want to share that joy with others," said Harvey. "It's gratifying to see how wonderful Scooter is with patients and how they respond to him. He is very affectionate and a tremendous source of comfort. It's amazing to see how calming the presence of a dog can be for patients. " It's not just patients who reap the rewards of pet therapy. Family members and friends say that they too feel better after having participated in a visit from a therapy dog.
The ideal at home routine includes brushing a pet’s teeth regularly, with short sessions to start with.