In today’s blog we will be looking at the benefits of how and why therapy animals can work as support within our every day lives.
We can all attest to the mood lifting and stress relieving benefits of having an animal within our lives. With our lives getting incredibly busy, you can’t help to smile when our cat crawls into our lap, watching the fish swim freely within a fish tank or when your dog cuddles up to us after a busy day. There are proven physical and mental health benefits to owning a pet and being around animals.
For some of us when we think or hear the term therapy animal, we relate it to a service or guide dog. Therapy animals are actually a way for people in lonely, stressful or who have been in traumatic situations that may not be able to own a pet be able to share in the health benefits of a therapy animal
Therapy animals often dogs or cats can be used within schools, for veterans, in retirement and nursing homes, disaster areas, and for people with disorders or disabilities. For some people, they even have therapy animals specifically for the health benefits in which the animal can provide.
Some of the benefits of having a Therapy Animal can be:
- Releases calming endorphins
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lifts spirits and lessens depression
- Lowers feelings of isolation and alienation
- Encourages communication
- Lessens boredom
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces loneliness
- Increases socialization
- Provides comfort
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.