Mental Health Is Going to the Dogs: How Pet Therapy Helps Wounded Vets and First Responders
The use of pet therapy in mental health isn't new. Numerous studies show that animal-assisted therapy reduces pain and anxiety among patients with cancer, heart disease and PTSD. Observing an aquarium or stroking a bird, cat, or dog lowers blood pressure and relaxes you. According to one study of four million people worldwide, dog ownership was as effective as medication, lowering the risk of dying early by 24%.
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