Therapy dogs visit U of U campus to help students through stress of finals

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SALT LAKE CITY -- With finals just around the corner, stress can be inevitable for many college students. And to relieve that stress, some University of Utah students enjoyed a special visit from some four-legged friends.

Many students stopped by the student services building to take a break from studying and to play with the therapy dogs.

Deborah Carr, Executive Director of Therapy Animals of Utah, said when a person who likes animals interacts with them, their brain secrete endorphins throughout the entire body.

“It relaxes heart rate,” she said. “It reduces your blood pressure. It relaxes your respiratory rate. It’s an antagonist to cortisol and the other harmful chemicals that come from stress.”

The dogs will be on different parts of campus through next week.