5 Facts About Pet Therapy
According to Mayo Clinic Pet Therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses pets like dogs and other animals. The purpose of pet therapy is to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, including heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose such as providing comfort.
Reduces stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Also helps increase self – esteem and improve social skillsDogs and Cats are pets that are used for pet therapyAnimals and owners must go undergo a screening and certification processProvides motivation to move more, stretch, and exercise. Petting an animal can cause endorphins to be released. Endorphins are chemicals in the body that suppress the pain response
Here at Montville Counseling Center we offer pet therapy. Pet Therapy can be requested during sessions. Our comfort pets in our practice are Willow, a Pekingese who is small, white and loving. Willow, will sit on the couch and sleep next to our client, waiting to be petted, and to snuggle.Peanut, a large black Lab, who will rest on the floor next to your feet, also enjoying giving you comfort and friendship.