When Flavio Santos was undergoing treatment for cancer in the hospital, he was paid a surprise visit by his pet dog in an interaction that improved his health condition much to the doctor's astonishment.
Simply petting a dog can decrease levels of stress hormones, regulate breathing, and lower blood pressure. Research also has shown that petting releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and affection, in both the dog and the human. Dogs even have several special ways that help them indicate if a person is ill or not. ... When a person is ill, their body chemistry will change, and a dog's sensitive snout may be able to detect these subtle changes, letting them know we are sick.
When Flavio Santos was admitted to a hospital in Brazil to undergo treatment for cancer, he didn't expect to have an easy time through the process. It seemed that being separated from his home and family made him feel even worse. All that changed however when his beloved dog Agadir paid a surprise visit to him at the hospital.
The visit was arranged by the kind nurses who were in charge of caring for Santos. They made it happen when they learned how much he was missing Agadir, though they definitely did not expect it would have such a positive impact on him. It was wonderful to see the two friends reunited and a heart-warming smile return to Santos' face. The emotions were apparent on both him and Agadir as they engaged in many a hug and cuddle.
But what happened afterward was something that the doctors and the nurses simply could not foresee. After spending time with his dog, Santos began to transform his overall outlook in a positive and healing way. In fact, it was so much that it did not go unnoticed by his doctors.
"I was surprised," Dr. Rodrigo Tancredi told news outlet Globo. "He was conscious, oriented and talking We visibly noticed his improvement the other day," Tancredi said. "The improvement occurred in a gradual way and remains."
The doctor remarked that he has witnessed similar situations in the past when visits from patients' pets gave them numerous psychological and physical benefits: from increased appetites and stabilized heart-rates and blood pressure.
I cannot fathom a physician being so out of touch with a pet's relationship to their pet person that they would be "surprised" by the positive effect... Lucky a nurse stepped up to make this happen. So beautiful— Penny Taylor (@GhostWritingUSA) September 25, 2019
However, that was elsewhere, this meeting between Santos and Agadir was apparently the first time in this hospital's history where they allowed a patient's pet to be allowed to come in for a visit. Considering that it had such a positive impact on the man, it may not be the last time they allow such interactions.
"The improvement in Santos' health has been so great, in fact, he and Agadir may be together again sooner than anyone would have guessed. I even talked about the possibility of him being discharged [from the hospital]," Tancredi said in a final note.
Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. There have been numerous cases where using animals in all sorts of therapeutic practices heal and nurture sick and diseased individuals.