“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
George Eliot, British Writer
The tail wagging and “smile” of a dog, the affectionate purring of a cat, the confidence and freedom that comes from riding a horse – all have been shown to have remarkably therapeutic effects on those who are physically or mentally ill, disabled, depressed or lonely. Pet therapy helps heal. It can lower heart rate and blood pressure, lessen pain, relieve stress and lift one’s mood. Medication costs are lower on average for seniors who own pets.
In hospital or nursing home settings pet therapy humanizes the healthcare system and brings joy and comfort to patients, helping them recover faster and gain a more positive outlook.
Pet Peeves is an avid supporter of pet therapy programs and continually seeks to raise funds and awareness of this valuable treatment option. We all recognize that our pets depend on us to provide them with food and shelter. But when it comes to our need for healing, it is often we who depend on them.