• By Laurel Kelly

Sharing Mayo Clinic: A welcome dose of furry comfort

January 12, 2020

With her warm brown eyes, big floppy ears and calming presence, Luna, a trained facility dog, spends her days bringing cheer to Mayo patients.

Receiving news of a medical diagnosis can be overwhelming and frightening. Spending a significant amount of time in and out of the hospital, meeting with physicians and receiving treatments may lead to feelings of disconnection from home. Therapy and facility dogs at Mayo Clinic Health System are ready to help. Their calming presence and friendly demeanor serve to ease stress and soothe jangled nerves. With her warm brown eyes, big floppy ears and calming presence, Luna, a trained facility dog, spends her days bringing cheer to Mayo patients.

Lunar III, or Luna for short, is one of those helpful canines. A Labrador retriever with light golden fur, warm brown eyes and big floppy ears, Luna is a facility dog who works at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse Wisconsin. She also travels to clinics in OnalaskaSparta and Tomah, Wisconsin.

Read the rest of Luna's story

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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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