Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from many different health problems. It can take place in a variety of locations including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, prisons, mental health facilities or patient homes.

Some specific examples of people that animal-assisted therapy can help include:

  • chemotherapy patients
  • residents in long-term care facilities
  • patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure
  • veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • children having physical or dental procedures
  • stroke victims and physical therapy patients regaining motor skills
  • mental health patients

Animal-assisted therapy can help in many ways, including:

  • improve fine motor skills
  • improve assisted or independent movement
  • increase self-esteem
  • decrease anxiety or loneliness
  • increase verbal communication
  • develop social skills
  • increase willingness to join in activities
  • improve interactions with others
  • motivate willingness to exercise

Technologies for Animal Assisted Therapy

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What to Expect for Animal Assisted Therapy

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Animal Assisted Therapy

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Education and Resources for Animal Assisted Therapy

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