(VIDEO: The heart-warming pet therapy video at the end of this article is guaranteed to make you smile!)
Dogs truly are man’s best friend: faithful companions, lavishing us (make that slobbering us) with unconditional love. Anyone who owns a pet knows the comfort and happiness they give us daily. It’s no wonder animals play an important role helping people heal and stay positive during challenging times.
Therapy dogs bring therapeutic and medical benefits to their “patients.” These amazing dogs promote healing in ways medical professionals and caregivers cannot. For instance, research suggests spending time with animals can lower blood pressure and anxiety (while time with family often raises it).
The unconditional acceptance and pure joy animals bring to “their humans” creates a special bond and feeling that touches the soul. That may explain why getting a visit from a dog while in the hospital makes such a positive impact towards recovery.
Pet partner teams – therapy dogs and their owners or handlers – can help speed up the recovery process in a number of ways:
If you’re ever feeling down about being in the hospital, a therapy dog might be just what you need to raise your spirits. (And not just you, your family, too.)
Watch this heart-warming video to see how Aurora Health Care uses therapy dogs as healing partners.
Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole . . . and healthier.