Petsmart Charities Animal Assisted Therapy at UNMCH

UNM Children’s Hospital with the help of PetSmart Charities will provide dedicated pet therapy coverage to the pediatric units visited by the Child Life team. Our youngest and most vulnerable patients receiving care at UNMCH can look forward to providing emotional comfort, a sense of companionship, and a decrease in physiologic indicators of stress, such as heart rate and blood pressure. Not only will a facility dog provide comfort to patients and their families, but it will also go a step further to provide support and distraction during appropriate medical procedures.