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Today is #NationalDogDay and here are some of the dogs we have met over the years. So whether your dog is on your lap or in your memories, take some time today and give thanks for our furry companions and all the good health they bring us.
Pets offer multiple benefits:
Pain management. The simple act of petting an animal not only gives patients a sense of relaxation but also releases endorphins which decrease feelings of physical pain while reducing stress and anxiety.Mental health. Animal therapy has become part of supporting many different kinds of people suffering from mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Animals help to create a trusting atmosphere and a sense of comfort and safety for those who have had a difficult time reconnecting with other people. Even those experiencing anxiety from events such as going through an MRI scan can find support through a therapy animal.Motor skills. Everyday physical activities incorporated into pet therapy (taking an animal for a walk, playing fetch with them) can encourage patients in physical therapy to feel positive about being active and improve their recovery time.Social skills. Working with animals can teach patients a newfound sense of empathy and companionship. Pet therapy has been shown to encourage young patients with both physical and mental disorders to be more social and willing to participate in activities without fear.
Physical ailments. Those battling long-term illnesses, such as cancer, often spend a lot of time in the hospital. Being able to work with an animal lets patients socialize, making coping with their situation easier to handle. Pet therapy also serves to benefit those with frequent heart problems by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
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