Are you one of the 79 million households in America that couldn’t imagine a life without their ‘other-species’ companion? Me too!
I can personally attest to the fact that animal assisted therapy reduces chronic symptoms. I can’t imagine not having a dog in my life, especially my ‘therapy corgi’, Lily. There’s nothing like a dog at your side as you meet each day’s challenges. I have nothing against cats, I simply value not having my immune system go into ‘combat mode’ when it comes in contact with their dander…it’s not pretty.Having the companionship of an animal can be especially beneficial to the chronically ill Click To Tweet
Having the companionship of an animal can be especially beneficial to the chronically ill. I have written previously on my personal journey through FMS with my dog Lily, and again in relation to the alarming suicide statistics within the Fibromyalgia community. Even Lily herself gave an interview last year where she explained her role as a ‘therapy’ dog.
In a room full of people there can be topics, that unless ‘fist fighting’ is part of the agenda, are best steered clear of. However, differences of opinion and ideology go out the window when the subject of furry friends arises.
And I have not forgotten the 39 million cat owners out there. Although ‘cat therapy’ looks a little different…
I kid, I kid…Cats can be extremely beneficial to the improvement of your health…
6 Ways Animal Assisted Therapy Reduces Chronic Symptoms
Pets raise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, which in turn improves mood levels.
‘Calming effect’ of petting your fur ball can lower blood pressure and decrease heart attack risk.
Dogs can get you moving more; talking a walk, throwing a ball, basic care giving needs your pet requires, ect.
Pet owners are less likely to suffer depression.
Pets offer comfort, often showing amazing skill at ’empathizing’ with their owners.
All the above = STRESS REDUCTION, and Stress reduction = LESSENING OF SYMPTOM SEVERITY
Animal assisted therapy reduces chronic symptoms simply because of this; ‘How can you look into those precious-puppy-dewed-eyes, and NOT HELP but feel better?!
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