updated 08/15/2011 AT 5:40 PM ET
•originally published 08/15/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
Kristin Chenoweth’s dog Maddie had a few health scares earlier this year, but the Maltese is slowly coming out of the woods – and helping the actress hone her nursing skills.
“She had pancreatitis. She got over that. And then her knee busted out,” Chenoweth told PEOPLE last week at the InStyle Summer Soiree in West Hollywood. “But she’s all right. She’s gotten rid of her cone and her stitches.”