Some hospitals and schools are acting on this research. At Indiana University Health North Hospital, dogs wander the hallways and spend time with patients who request a visit. Virginia Commonwealth University offers therapy dogs to students during finals week.
All this research exemplifies the interconnection between human health, animal health, and the environment. That interconnection is the foundation of the One Health movement, to which a number of universities, including St. George’s, adhere in their teaching and research efforts.
Pets are the perfect antidote to all sorts of ailments. It’s time to unleash this knowledge across our healthcare system.
Satesh Bidaisee is a professor of public health and preventative medicine and assistant dean for graduate studies at St. George’s University in Grenada.