4 Best Pets for Therapy
Pets are the best. From keeping us company to providing us with endless love and laughs, what’s not to love about animals? Better still, there are heaps of pets that can play a therapeutic role in your life. Here are the 4 best pets for therapy:
Our furry friends are perhaps the most popular pet therapists. From small fluffballs to big breeds, dogs can make you feel good – and they’ll work hard to make sure you do! Studies have shown dogs reduce depression and anxiety, while helping humans move through trauma, grief or illness.
Therapy dogs often don a special vest to show they’re friendly and can be petted.
Cats aren’t as easy to train and transport as dogs, but are often used in pet therapy for people who aren’t comfortable with dogs. That’s why you’ll often find cats in nursing homes and similar settings – they provide calmness and cuddles for people who can’t move around or easily go outside.
Equine-assisted therapy has shown tremendous promise with PTSD, trauma, grief, mental illness and other issues people may be experiencing. Caring for a horse focuses the mind, boosts confidence, teaches patients, and builds trust between animal and human.
Studies have also shown equine-assisted therapy to lower blood pressure and improve social skills. Horses also help children and adults with disabilities, and have a wonderfully calm demeanour and connection with humans.
Birds often have incredibly unique personalities, forming a special bond with their owners – often for life. Parakeets, cockatiels, parrots, and similar breeds are intelligent creatures that have helped war veterans suffering from PTSD, and provide emotional stability and support to others. Even ducks have been found (anecdotally) to help returning soldiers.
These are just a few pets used in therapy. Reptiles, fish, bunnies and other small creatures have also been shown to help humans with a variety of mental and emotional issues.