[CARDIOVASCULAR DOGS] Animal Assisted Therapy w/ Dr. Susan Smyth | Good Dog Nation Ep #4 (2019)

Animal Assisted Therapy for Cardiovascular Conditions with Dr Susan Smyth from the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute discusses the incredible therapy dog program the hospital is utilizing to rehabilitate the most critical of heart patients.

Dr. Susan Smyth, Director of the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute join Kim and Michelle to discuss the therapy dog program being used to rehabilitate heart and stroke patients. Michelle trained both of Susan's dogs, Carmine and Saleh, that work at the hospital three days a week. Carmine is one of a select few of therapy dogs, (if not the only one) that is trained to walk with heart patients on EKMO. Listen to discussion on how this program was created, implemented and managed. Gives detailed information on the training involved for not only the dogs, but the human owners and handlers. Discusses the policies and procedures developed for the Gill Heart Institute to allow therapy dogs in the hospital, including the legal and insurance side of the process. Fantastic and fascinating insight into a therapy dog program done right.

Dr. Susan Smyth received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, She then completed fellowships at Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her clinical interests are in heart disease treatment and prevention, with a particular focus on disorders of blood clotting, such as cause heart attacks, strokes, lung and leg clots. Dr. Smyth pioneered the therapy dog program with her own specially trained dogs at the Gill Heart Institute.

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