ST. LOUIS, MO. (KAIT/NBC) - Some people are saying the best medicine comes not from someone in a white coat, but a fur one.
Ellie, a therapy dog in St. Louis, has proven to be more effective for heart patients than prescriptions.
The five-year-old black lab makes her rounds each week on the heart floor of St. Luke’s Hospital.
She is part of a national not-for-profit that trains both service dogs and therapy dogs.
Ellie’s trainer Kathy Howard recognizes the joy and comfort she brings to patients.
“A dog comes in who doesn’t poke or prod or stick or ask them any questions,” said Howard.
Ellie herself was actually a heart patient. She had nearly 100 percent blockage in her heart and had to have emergency surgery to put in a pacemaker.
While most patients don’t know Ellie’s background, patients like Sue Bremer do recognize the paw prints she has left behind on their mending hearts.
“I’m feeling so much better than I did yesterday,"said Bremer.