It is well known that interaction with our furry friends has significant health benefits. Dogs and cats are most commonly used for pet therapy but, birds and robotic simulating animals are also for this type of therapy. Pet therapy is the interaction between a person and a trained animal. Bonding with a friendly pet can help with a variety of physical and mental issues. Studies indicate that those who spend regular time with pets often have lower blood pressure and triglyceride counts. So what are some of the benefits of pet therapy?
Insufficient social relationships can be a cause of one’s loneliness. It is common for people in long-term care facilities to show signs of loneliness. Studies have shown that pet therapy can decrease pain, respiratory rate, negative moods and increase energy levels. Pet therapy is one of the many low-tech, low-cost holistic therapies that improve mood and are meaningful to seniors.