In a first of its kind research study in India, D Y Patil University and D Y Patil Dental Hospital, Navi Mumbai, partnered with Animal Angels Foundation, to study and document the effects of having a Therapy Dog present during dental procedures for pediatric patients. The study, conducted on a sample of 100 patients, from July to Sep 2017, show significant effect of having a therapy dog present during dental procedures on the anxiety level of pediatric patients. The study was conducted by Dr. Trushana Thakkar, a Post Graduate student of D Y Patil University , under the guidance of Dr. Shilpa Naik, along with our AAF team of Aakash Lonkar, Malvika Lobo, Therapy dog Pepe and Therapy dog Pearl. The results showed that there was a significant decrease in the anxiety levels of the pediatric patients which were given animal assisted interventions during their dental procedure than when they were not.
This study is now going to presented by our founder, Mrs Minal Kavishwar, at the ISAZ (International Society of Anthrozoology) to be held in July in Sydney.