Animal Assisted Therapy 

Animal therapy or pet therapy refers to the use of animals as a way to help people cope with and recover from some physical and mental health conditions.


Why Use Animal Therapy

Animals can trigger the release of endorphins, a feel-good neurotransmitter which gives a calming effect and boosts the level of serotonin, a chemical linked with happiness and well-being.


What Animals can you use?

Dogs and cats are most commonly used in pet therapy. However, fish, guinea pigs, horses, and other animals that meet screening criteria can also be used. 


Who does it help?

  • people undergoing chemotherapy

  • residents in long-term care facilities

  • people hospitalized with chronic heart failure

  • veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

  • children having physical or dental procedures

  • stroke victims and people undergoing physical therapy to regain motor skills

  • people with mental health disorders

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What are the Benefits

Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.

What are Goals of Animal Therpay

  • Improving motor skills and joint movement

  • Improving assisted or independent movement

  • Increasing self-esteem

  • Increasing verbal communication

  • Developing social skills

  • Increasing willingness to join in activities

  • Improving interactions with others

  • Motivating willingness to exercise

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Which of our Animals do we use

The ASU has many different types of animals that can be used in animals therapy from rabbits to goats. 

The Animals that the ASU use in sessions all depends on the type of animals that best suits the situation

The animals that we can use are:

  • Goats

  • Guinea pigs

  • Lambs

  • Rabbits

  • Ferret

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