The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years for a wide variety of patients; people with terminal illnesses, the elderly and the mentally ill.
We can just be ourselves around our pets without judgment.
Research has shown that:
- Pet ownership can reduce stress-induced symptoms.
- Petting a dog can lower blood pressure.
- Bringing a pet into a nursing home or hospital can boost peoples’ moods and enhance their social interactions.
- The presence of a pet was found to give a higher boost to the survival rate, than having a spouse or friends.