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July 17, 2013

“Best Friends Bash” Pairs Craniofacial Program Patients with Pets with Similar Conditions

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have teamed up to help children with craniofacial conditions cope by introducing them to friendly canines who have had similar issues.

The inaugural “Best Friends Bash” on July 17, 2013 brought together patients from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Craniofacial Program with Penn Vet dogs with similar conditions.

“They cope, they manage, and I think they really become an inspiration for children who have similar deformities,” said Scott Bartlett, MD, attending surgeon and chief of CHOP’s Plastic and Reconstructive Division. “I think the way dogs approach children with facial deformities is important, too. To a dog, there’s no such thing as facial difference, it all looks the same.”

Read the full story in the Metro – US to learn more about the unique program and see Craniofacial Program patient Robert Walton with golden retriever Buddy, one of the Penn Vet patients.

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