The greeting from a pet, whether you have been away for an hour, a full day at work or picking them up from a pet resort after a weekend away, is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and of having a pet. As all pet owners know, a pet can provide joy, companionship, relaxation and comfort that can raise your spirits and calm you down. It is for this precise reason that many aged care facilities turn to pet therapy.
Pet Companionship Has Many Benefits
Recently, the opportunity to harness physical, mental and social benefits from interacting with pets and animals has now been introduced into locations such as hospitals and aged care facilities. This new approach to treating a range of symptoms and conditions is known as pet therapy and has been shown to benefit the patients, the animals and their handlers
Pet therapy involves introducing animals to patients who are already in care facilities who require some level of care and support. The role of the pets is to provide the patient with a positive experience that will enhance their other treatments or wellbeing generally. The benefits of pet therapy can range from simply providing an emotional boost through to physical and cognitive stimulation for the patient, with repeated visits for the patient to spend time interacting and becoming familiar with the animal.
The animals involved in pet therapy, and their handlers, have to undergo special training to make sure that they can react appropriately to a variety of patient symptoms and needs. It has been shown that using pet therapy reduces recovery times for illness and injuries and increases wellbeing and life expectancy among other benefits.
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