Pet therapy is 'pawfect' tonic for South Pembs patients

Patients enjoying pet therapy

Patients who attend the Cleddau River Day Unit in South Pembrokeshire Hospital have been benefiting from the comfort and companionship of pet therapy.

Volunteers Zambu the Labrador and his owner Gill make fortnightly visits to see patients at the unit.

The calm canine is a delight to patients and staff alike, and staff on the ward are seeing positive results in their patients.

Gill Cripwell said: "Zambu and I have a bond; he is my therapy and has supported my day-to-day emotions through a very emotional time in my life. He reads my body language and tone of voice and is by my side instantly offering comfort. 

"Zambu has great perception reading body language and emotions and, is kind, sensitive and gentle. He has this gift of healing emotions and wellness and uses eye contact to read others.

"Having Zambu in my life has made a huge difference and I am proud to be able to share this with other people. The impact he has on people is rewarding and long lasting. He provides so much love and laughter he is proud to go to 'work' and share his gift of healing."

Jo Davies, Rehabilitation Team Leader added: "Working with not for profit organisation Cariad Pet Therapy, we have been able to welcome Zambu and his owner Gill to the unit.

"We have found having Zambu to visit the day unit has really been a benefit to our patients and service users. Their faces light up when he is near them, they love to pet him and play fetch. The staff love to have him here also. 

"Pet therapy is well known for the improvement of those with anxiety and dementia, having Zambu here also sparks conversations about past pets and fond memories which is also very beneficial."