Spotlight on Pet Therapy

Pet therapy at Lexington Medical Center has become a popular topic at our hospital this Christmas season. That’s because it’s the subject of our 2015 Christmas commercial.

WIS-TV came by for a visit to meet Butch Younginer and his great dane, “Rumor,” who work together as pet therapy volunteers cheering up patients throughout the hospital. You can see Rumor in action visiting patients in the story below.


Studies have shown that pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems, including those receiving cancer treatment or patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure. Family members, friends and staff feel better, too.

WLTX recently featured an interview with Dick and Fran Clinton, and their dog “Chester,” a poodle who also works as a pet therapy dog at the hospital. Meet Chester and his family in the video below.


You can watch the Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

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