Pets are highly adaptive and supportive to their human’s needs. With proper training, they can be a full-time assistant to the sick or injured, making life easier to cope with. The benefits of using animals especially cats and dogs for therapy is almost immeasurable.
The animal itself has a purpose. It knows that it’s wanted and needed and loved. The therapy animal will always have the care that they need in order to care for their owners. Pets are just like people. They are curious in nature and want to be there to help.
Cats and dogs can be trained to give love and affection to those who are afflicted with injury or illness. Their companionship has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall mood, which helps in healing and coping with the affliction. Therapy animals often accompany their owners in the hospital or to doctors’ appointments to make the strain of treatment more bearable and better tolerated by the patient. This in turn shows improvement of their treatment.
Therapy animals give hope and understanding to patients. They give something to look forward to and hope for, something to hang on to while they are recovering. It helps to give an overall purpose to life and the feeling of love. This all helps in the stabilization of body and mind, aids in quicker healing and gives each side something to hold on to.