When many of us think of having animals in our homes and for companionship, it is likely that we haven’t thought of them being used as a form of therapy to those suffering from depression, anxiety and mental or physical disabilities. Animals can act as an emotional companion for individuals but can also be incorporated into spaces such as old age homes, schools and disaster stricken areas.
There are both physical and emotional benefits of Animal Therapy. It is important to keep in mind though that Therapy Animals are not the same as Service Animals. Service Animals are trained to perform certain tasks and assist their owners in specific ways. Therapy Dogs, however, are owned to provide a sense of comfort and companionship.
- A decrease in feelings of anxiety and nervousness
- Feelings of isolation and loneliness will decrease.
- More social activities such as walking your dog
- Motivation to care for something, a feeling of purpose
- Lessens boredom and depression.
- Increased cardiovascular health.
- Lower blood pressure
- The release of positive hormones such as oxytocin.
To find more information about considering a Therapy Animal, please explore the professionals in your area through visiting our homepage.