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Pet Therapy Program

Pet Therapy at Wood County Hospital

At Wood County Hospital, we are proud to offer a pet therapy program designed to bring comfort and emotional support to our patients. Our therapy dogs provide a vital connection to the outside world, often missing for those isolated in a hospital room. Interacting with therapy dogs can help reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness, promoting a more positive hospital experience.  


  • A study conducted at UCLA found that 79% of patients reported a significant reduction in stress and anxiety after a visit from a therapy dog. 

  • Patients who interacted with therapy dogs required 50% less pain medication - The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 

  • Therapy dog visits can lead to measurable physiological changes, such as a 10% decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. (NIH) 

  • Interactions with therapy dogs resulted in a 12% increase in oxytocin levels, which promotes feelings of happiness and bonding - A study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 

Impact on Hospital Staff: 

  • Research indicates that therapy dogs not only benefit patients but also improve the well-being of hospital staff. A study in Workplace Health & Safety found that 85% of healthcare workers reported reduced stress and increased job satisfaction after interactions with therapy dogs.

Program Details 

Our therapy dogs are certified and registered in Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy (AAA/T) and undergo extensive training. Each dog must pass a veterinary examination and follow a strict vaccination schedule, with retesting every two years. Both the dogs and their handlers are part of our Volunteer Program and receive comprehensive training. 

More therapy dogs will be joining the program soon.

Safety and Regulations 

Therapy dogs are not permitted in certain areas, including the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Obstetrics (OB), Dialysis and the Cafeteria, to ensure patient safety. All visits are managed through the Volunteer office. 

We are excited to offer this program and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our patients and staff. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact our Volunteer office at (419) 354-8942 or via e-mail newlovel@woodcountyhospital.org. 

Black and White Portuguese Water Dog 


Breed: Portuguese Water Dog 

Birthdate: 9/16/2020

Family: Ron Z.

Wellness Practices: Going for daily walks or runs with an occasional swim. I stick to a well-balanced diet and have 3 meals a day.

Fun Fact: My breed was originally developed in the 1930s by Dr. Bensaude in Portugal. I only respond to Portuguese commands.


Tan Welsh Terrier


Breed: Welsh Terrier

Birthdate: 12/13/2014

Family: Sue S.

Wellness Practices: I like to eat, sleep, run around, greet neighbors, eat and sleep.            

Fun Fact: I am 20 pounds of pure energy! I’m pretty smart and very stubborn, but my mom is the top dog in our house. My real name is Czar Dashing Bandit, but everyone just calls me Dash. My favorite thing to do is run with teenage boys.