If you feel like there is nothing that compares to the feeling you get when your four-legged friend gives you a big hug and kiss, you are not alone. Research shows that spending time with animals can not only make us feel better instantaneously, but can have significant, positive, long-time effects on our overall health!
Pet therapy can be a great addition to a medical plan, as it is all-natural and has no side effects. It is scientifically proven to:
- reduce blood pressure
- improve heart health
- improve motor skills
- ease joint pain
- diminish overall pain
- reduce depression
The act of petting an animal alone can improve your health, as it produces an automatic response that releases endorphins.
If you are considering pet therapy, here are a few pointers:
Consider your needs: There are many animal-assisted therapy programs to choose from. Do some research to see what is available in your area. You may find that there is a non-profit that offers pet therapy services for free or for a reduced rate.
Get inspired: Check out this article about how animals and humans can heal each other.
Help others: Do you have a pet of your own who you think may be a good candidate to become a therapy animal? Consider training your own pet to help others. You may be surprised to see how together, you and your furry friend can change people’s lives!