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Pet therapy making animals "patient's best friend" at CAMC

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For some people, petting a dog is a simple gesture, but it means much more to Sarah Toney.

"It makes me feel a little bit more like I'm home, and makes me feel a little bit better about being here."

For the last two months, Sarah's home has been in a hospital. Toney is getting rehabilitation after a very bad car accident.

"It's great to have a dog who will just give you his paw and sit there and put its head down, and just sit there with those loving eyes and look at you," said Toney.

Sarah has not seen her Golden Retriever at home in months, and says that makes pet therapy special to her.

Pet therapy is designed to provide social interaction and emotional healing to patients.

There's not a lot of scientific evidence that pet therapy works, but people with Charleston Area Medical Center say if you see what therapy dogs are doing for patients, it is obvious.

Sarah's Mom, Teresa, has been by her side the last two months, she says she sees a positive change in her daughter when the dogs are there.

"Having a dog around, the emotion, helping her with her emotions," said Teresa.

Proving that sometimes, a little unconditional love and attention, can be the best healing for your heart.

The dogs brought to CAMC are certified therapy dogs.

For more information, visit: http://www.camc.org/body.cfm?id=13&action=detail&ref=71