London: A children`s hospital in US has developed a new "pet therapy" under which a golden retriever dog visits patients in intensive care to cheer them up. The eight-year-old dog, Jake, visited the Le Bonheur Children`s hospital in Tennessee, and met a six-year-old patient Alex Gosa as a part of the hospital`s new Pet Therapy scheme. The boy, who lost a toe in an accident recently, stroked the golden retriever as part of "doctor`s orders". When he was told the dog is two years older than him the boy replied: "I`m catching up with him." The treatment, more commonly known as AAT -animal-assisted therapy- has been used to treat patients with mental and physical health problems since the late 18th century, the `Daily Mail` reported. The study published in the US Early Childhood Education Journal showed that children in particular benefit from AAT.
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