June 1, 2015

Animal Assisted Therapy Helps Improve Human Lives

Filed under: animal shelter,animal therapy,dementia,drug treatments — Tags: , , — robertprice @ 9:25 pm

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If you’re an animal lover then it shouldn’t come to you as a surprise that having a pet can help alleviate stress, bring good fortune, and cope with problems. As of 2012, it was estimated that about 62% of American households owned at least one pet. Thanks to the strong bond that humans have with animals, something called “Animal-Assisted Therapy” (or AAT) has been developed, which is basically based around the idea that animals can help humans who are coping with certain medical conditions.

What is AAT?

AAT is basically an intervention that harnesses the power of animal interaction to help aid in the recovery of healthy problems that people are experiencing. This therapy is believed to provide a huge amount of benefits, including improved mental health, increased social skills, and better self-esteem. Patients who are experiencing cancer, autism, heart failure, and even schizophrenia are a few of the many individuals benefiting from this therapy.

How does AAT Work?

AAT involves caring for animals on a regular basis, and in return, that individual will be able to experience a sense of love and connection with their pet. Individuals might be required to groom, bathe, or feed the animals as well depending on the severity of their medical condition. The exposure to these animals might result in a higher level of engagement as well as a smaller amount of problematic behaviors. Overall, it may also make someone with an illness easier to care for by medical personnel.

AAT Works Wonders for Individuals with Dementia

Another key benefit to AAT is that it works wonders for individuals who are experiencing Alzheimer’s. It isn’t uncommon for people with dementia to have their world shrink down considerably, until they’re unable to adhere to even the most basic of human needs. But having a strong relationship with a pet can provide the affected individual with something to think about and look forward to.

Another form of AAT could include bringing an animal to a care facility so that it can interact with a patient. There are organizations, like Pet Partners for example, who already provide these services. Activities that are animal-assisted can help provide education and motivation required to increase the quality of someone’s life.

Should There Be More Focus on AAT?

One of the best things about AAT is that it is easily implementable. And due to the high amount of benefits that it provides, there is likely to be more research conducted on other kinds of benefits that it provides. Hard data is required to convince insurance companies that ATT can be just as effective as other medical interventions. But researchers believe that this is going to take time to fully pan out.

Could AAT Ever Replace Drug Treatment?

Can or should AAT replace drug treatments or reduce one’s need for them? Well, this is debatable. However, most people who own pets can agree that owning one can feel like having an effective drug with no side effects – at least this is what researchers propose.

 

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January 26, 2010

Dogs Can Help Improve Your Fitness

Filed under: animal shelter,dogs,exercise,Health,Uncategorized,weight loss — robertprice @ 10:59 am


Dogs are great companions. They can be a handful sometimes, but they give you a lot back in return. If you’ve always wanted a dog, but just couldn’t get the motivation to find your perfect companion or if you are a child and living with your parents trying to convince them that they should get a dog, then I have some great news (especially for the kids, parents always need that extra little bit of convincing).

Research conducted by the University of Missouri found a significant increase in the improvement of fitness in people who walk dogs. For any kids that are reading that means you can either tell your mom or dad that they’ll become healthier, or you may tell them that you will be getting more exercise when you walk the dog (even though this is probably a lie because I know all kids say, “Oh, but mom and dad, I’ll take care of the dog.”

The University research showed that out of the 54 adults that participated in the study, those that walked dogs were more likely to exercise on a regular basis, while those that chose to walk with a human companion were significantly more likely to make up various excuses to get out of their walks.

Additionally, the overall walking speed of people that walked dogs increased an astounding 28%! Not only are people with dogs exercising more regularly, it appears that they are exercising more efficiently too.

Furthermore, if you find that you just don’t have the time for a dog (they’re require a lot of love and attention) there are other ways you can help. If you love dogs, but are unable to get your own due to either financial or time constraints there is always the animal shelters. If you get some spare time somewhere in your schedule you could drive, or bus down to your local animal shelter and volunteer to walk a dog. You get the exercise you need and you feel great about helping out.

There you have it, another great reason why animal companions, in this case dogs, are so important.

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