If you’re suffering from a chronic medical illness, you know that medicine can only go so far in making you feel better. However, there is a surprisingly easy technique that can relieve some symptoms of your illness and provide a multitude of benefits to your overall health.

Having a four-legged bundle of joy around has been proven to help many patients feel happier and healthier. Heck, if you’re a pet owner, you probably already know that your beloved Fluffy is a reliable source of stress-relief. However, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), also known as pet-assisted therapy.

How Animal-Assisted Therapy Works

How exactly does the pet-assisted therapy work? It stems from your interaction with a therapy animal, such as feeding, grooming, or bathing it. This form of safe, loyal, and positive engagement provides stimulation, and is something for you to think about and talk about with others.

Pets provide emotional stability in times of stress, as well as encourage mobility and a healthier lifestyle (e.g., walking a dog). They comfort those with language difficulties, as animals communicate differently, and also increase self-esteem in seniors by allowing them to be responsible for something. Grooming and feeding pets can also improve motor skills.

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  • Thank you for this article and I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with what is written here, earlier this year I suffered from a stoke caused by an anuerism which was followed by a bleed in the brain which required life saving surgery, I have to say that I consider myself to be very lucky to of got through this and also to have very little damage, yes there are things I am having to deal with but I'm getting there. Anyway I have three dogs, two wolfdogs and a wolfdog cross and I know for a fact that having them to look after has been tantamount in my recovery, improving motor skills, keeping me motivated, and of course feeling such love from them has all led to me being able to cope with what happened to me!

    Much love and light being sent your way


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