MCMURRAY, Pa. (KDKA) — A local dentist’s office is helping patients relax and smile with the help of a therapy dog.
Smudge is a popular member of the staff at Steliotes Dental Spa in McMurray.READ MORE: Pittsburgh-Area Families Can Contribute Mementoes Of Loved Ones For Gun Violence Memorial Project In Washington, D.C.
“His overwhelming response to our patients has been great,” Dr. Ted Steliotes of Steliotes Dental Spa said. “He’s helped more children in calming them down for injections and a lot of adults. A lot more adults like to hold him for injections, but also have a dog at the office has been more of a gift to my patients than I ever thought.”
Smudge is trained to provide comfort and affection when that anxiety and uncertainty sets in.READ MORE: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Sues To Block Republican Election Subpoena
“I love dogs, so Smudge really calms me down,” patient Cynthia Truitt said.
Smudge makes his rounds with assurance and purpose.MORE NEWS: Indiana County High School Student Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting 2 Teachers
And that is why more and more health care facilities are making these pet professionals an essential part of their practice.