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Benefits animal assisted therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

(Canine and Equine) Benefits


It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits.


Physical Health:


lowers blood pressure

improves cardiovascular health

releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect

diminishes overall physical pain

the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication


Mental Health:


lifts spirits and lessens depression

decreases feelings of isolation and alienation

encourages communication

provides comfort

increases socialization

reduces boredom

lowers anxiety

helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

creates motivation for the client to recover faster

reduces loneliness

 

Reading: (PAWS for Reading)


helps children focus better

improves literacy skills

provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment

increases self-confidence, reduces self-consciousness

 

In Physical Therapy:


increases joint movement and improves recovery time

maintains or increases motor skills

provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer