‘DOCTOR PEYO’: THE HORSE THAT COMFORTS CANCER PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL IN FRANCE

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Pet Therapy is now more and more widespread and with excellent results in terms of improving the quality of the patient’s mood, especially of the little ones, let’s say that seeing a Golden Retriever in the corridors of a hospital may no longer surprise us, but precisely the vast majority of animals used for this therapy in hospital are dogs.

For this reason it is surprising to see that at the Calais hospital in France there is a very different type of animal that peeps into the oncology and palliative care units to bring emotional support, carefree and joy to small and large sick patients.

His name is Peyo, but by now he is known by all in the wards as “Doctor Peyo” is a retired show horse who visits patients and staff members every week, with his owner Hassen Bouchakour, a former equestrian trainer who has left showbiz when it became clear that Peyo had a much greater purpose and skills than parading.

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