Pet Therapy

Man’s best friend. We have all heard of pets, and dogs especially, referred to in this manner. Pets always miss us when we are gone, are glad to see us when we return, and become part of the family. At Haven Behavioral Hospital, pets are working their way into the hearts, and treatments, of patients.

Pet Therapy helps patients by stimulating the senses through touching the fur and having interaction with the animal. Contact with a pet causes a beneficial calming effect on the patients.

Patients that are verbally aggressive sometimes become concerned when the pets are upset and visibly shaking due to their aggressive behavior. Concern for the pet may help decrease the patient’s aggressive behavior.

Patients referred to Haven with with behavioral disturbances might become anxious and then escalate to physical aggression. Petting an animal calms the patient down and allows them to get their aggression under control.

Pets can be a comfort by being a companion to ease loneliness or the loss of a loved one, a friend to talk to, or something to look forward to with their visits. Pets bring joy to the lives of their families and, with innovative therapy options like Pet Therapy, they are bringing comfort and calm to those in need.


 

Sources:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201401/assistance-dogs-alzheimers-and-dementia-patients

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Pet Therapy
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Pet Therapy helps patients by stimulating the senses by touching the fur and having interaction with the animal.
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