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CHI Health wag therapy

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 08:50:42-05

Research indicates pets can help relieve stress and anxiety.  So on Tuesday CHI Health had some four-legged friends on hand for what it calls "wag therapy." 

The dogs are stationed at various locations including Lakeside Hospital to put a smile on people's faces.  

"There is something called a cuddle chemical, which is also known as oxycontin.  It gets released when you cuddle your pets, just like when you cuddle your kids.  It is a loving kind of chemical and it helps people feel calmer and less stressed," said CHI Mental Health Therapist, Karen Williams.  

Visitors, patients and employees who needed a break had some down time to enjoy the dogs.