Therapy dogs are popular with patients and staff alike. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Each week, four-legged visitors brighten up the days of cancer patients at the Bendigo hospital.

Therapy dogs have been used in the hospital for a number of years, but in September were introduced to cancer patients.

The volunteer dogs, provided through the Delta Society’s dog therapy program, help normalise a patient’s admission to hospital.

Delta Society has hundreds of therapy dog teams who visit an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week.

There are currently over 850 facilities involved in the program across Australia.