Being a pet is an incredibly good job. Generally speaking, pets are well-loved by just about anyone and everyone who has them. In fact, people love their pets so much that 95% of them thinks of their animals not just as their pets, but as their family members as well.
About 42,5% of pet owners even buys birthday presents for their pets. It is actually a two-way street here. People who own a pet usually have a better heart rate and lower blood pressure, as well as a lower risk of becoming a victim of a heart disease than people who don’t own a pet. All of these health benefits may come from the extra exercise that walking or playing with pets requires, and stress relief may come from having a good friend in your home at all times.
Scientists are always looking for new evidence as to why having a pet can improve one’s mental health, even for people with more severe mental disorders. Although the number of studies that prove this is pretty small, the benefits are visible enough that people are opening their doors to animal-assisted interventions.
Simply put, people are opening their doors to pet therapy. The rise of this type of therapy is backed by the fact that social support – which is very important in the world of medicine – can come on four legs, not just two. Although scientists still don’t know exactly why and how this type of therapy works, published studies show that four legs have a place not just in medicine, but in mental well-being as well.
When it comes to animals in general, they can draw people’s attention pretty easily. When a group of people at an Alzheimer’s disease facility dined in a room filled with aquariums, they ate more, and they got better nutrition. They also became significantly more active.
There is this one study that talks about a group of adults who were dealing with stress-related problems. They were told to either pet a real turtle or rabbit, or one of their toy forms. Although the toys had no effect whatsoever, the living, breathing turtles and rabbits sure did. This therapy worked on people regardless of whether or not they initially liked animals.
Since the 1860s, horses have been involved in medical research plans in Europe. They also belong to the group of the most studies animals when it comes to animal therapy. Activities such as leading a horse around a pen or grooming one can reduce PTSD symptoms in adolescents and children alike.