Benefits of Pet Therapy

October 22, 2017

It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits. Here are some of the more common:

For 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 some folks need

 

For Mental Health

lifts spirits and lessens depression
decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
encourages communication
provides comfort
increases socialization and sense of community
reduces boredom
decreases anxiety
helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders
creates motivation for the client to recover faster
reduces loneliness

For Literacy Support (PAWS for Reading)

helps children focus better
improves literacy skills
provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment
increases self-confidence
reduces self-consciousness
encourages the love of reading in specific and learning in general

 

In Physical Therapy

increases joint movement
improves recovery time
maintains or increases motor skills
provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer

 

By PAWS for People