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6 Ways Pet Therapy Helps Animals | Care2 Causes

6 Ways Pet Therapy Helps Animals | Care2 Causes

Animals have been used for decades to help people suffering from a wide range of physical and psychological issues. Research has shown that these interventions, mostly featuring dogs and cats, but also creatures as diverse as birds, fish, and horses, can help cheer up the chronically ill, reduce stress, reduce blood pressure, increase oxytocin levels in the brain, and even extend their owners’ lives. But what does this mean for the animals involved? Are they getting anything out of the deal? It turns out the answer is yes . Here are 6 ways that animals involved in pet therapy (also called animal-assisted activity) benefit from helping us: 1. Animals in shelters who are walked frequently by volunteers as part of an exercise program are better socialized . The more frequent interaction these pets get from all the attention makes them better pets, and more likely to get along...

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