Benefits of Pet Therapy (PAWS for People, Healing Pet Therapy since 2005)

For mental health-

  • Decreases isolation and depression
  • Causes many to feel calm
  • Bridges communication gaps
  • Provides comfort
  • Reduces boredom
  • Lowers anxiety and decreases agitation
  • Creates motivation for client to recover faster
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Diminishes emotional pain in seniors

For physical health-

  • The act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, & stroke
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Breathing slows in those who are anxious
  • Releases many hormones such as Phenyl ethylamine which has the same effect as chocolate
  • Diminishes overall physical pain

Anyone can benefit

  • Increases socialization/ encourages communication
  • Helps person focus
  • Can bring person back to present
  • Inner contentment may not be verbally expressed but can be seen in eating better, sleeping better & greater cooperation
  • Maintain & increase motor skills
  • Increase movement in joints & recover faster
  • Provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, and exercise longer


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