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Pet assisted therapy.

Updated on May 29, 2014

Pets are beneficial to our health, pets improve our mental health, pets improve our physical health, pets prevent bad health.

Keeping pets for many of us is a natural thing to do. Sadly though for many people, the keeping of pets is deemed as being unhealthy because they carry germs and spread diseases, so choose not to keep a pet for these reason's. In fact the keeping of a pet is actually recommended by the medical profession because pet's are beneficial to our health and well-being and not detrimental to our health.

This photograph is one of my own pets "Storm.

Yep, it is a proven FACT that pets are good for our health, even a goldfish has therapeutic qualities.

This lens explains what pet or animal assisted therapy is about & why keeping pets is extremely good for both our physical & mental health.

Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children {GOSH} in London actually welcomes pet's through their doors, as do many other hospital's throughout the UK and the USA. Why?... because they are beneficial to the health and well-being of the patients. Would pets be welcome and even hired by any hospital if they were more unhealthy than they are healthy? of course they wouldn't.

Every single person that enter's any ward within Great Ormond Street hospital { GOSH } must follow the strict hygiene rules so as to reduce the risk of infections, be they Doctor's, Nurse's or outside visitor's, all must wash their hands before entering the wards...funny that...seeing as the visiting pet's do not need to "scrub-up" isn't it!. That fact alone should tell you something.

Pet's are beneficial for our health...FACT. Pet's are hired by hospitals as a form of treatment...FACT

I hope that my lens gives you a greater understanding of how beneficial having a pet is to your health and well-being. In fact it isn't what you do for your pet but rather what your pet does for you...and I don't just mean that pets keep you company and lick your wounds either.

Pet therapy is also known as Animal-assisted-therapy.

Animal-assisted-therapy is not limited to dogs and cats. Hamsters, rabbits, fish and countless other animals are often used in pets as therapy.

If you would like to know your options for getting a pet for therapy purposes yet have no idea where to begin then Amazon have books containing a number of pets which can be used for animal-assisted or pet therapy.

Amazon have many products relating to keeping or using pets as therapy

Whether you already have a pet or you are looking to get a pet for using as a therapy or maybe you would like to learn more about the illnesses, health benefits and everything else to do with having pets as therapy, Amazon have something for you.

Pets love us should love your pets even more than they love you as they actually do more for you than you do for them.

Pet therapy programmes for sick children.

Although pet therapy is available for people of all ages, it is especially good for sick children. Across the globe there are many children receiving therapy from animals during their stay in hospital which helps them to relax and combats their fear of being sick and in hospital.

Some pet therapy helps children with learning difficulties to read whilst other pet therapy can help a blind child to walk unaided or children with cystic-fibrosis to walk. The therapy that is given by these marvelous animals is undoubtedly working as more and more animals are being trained as specialist therapists every year and are extremely successful often achieving miraculous, almost unbelievable results.

I have added some more videos here of pet therapists doing "their thing", creating miracles and giving children a lease on life which their parents thought they would never have. Often these pet therapists succeed where Doctors and human therapists have previously failed.

Having a pet has physical as well as mental health benefits.

Although pets are used mainly to improve our mental health and well-being in the medical profession, the benefits of pet therapy is not restricted to this. Pets can actually be beneficial to our physical too. It is a proven fact that pets can help reduce the risk of having a stroke for instance. Pets can reduce the risk of having heart disease and reduce blood pressure. In fact the benefits of having pets far outweigh the benefits of not having pets.

If you think that the idea of pets being beneficial to our health is ridiculous then why do you suppose that many people, especially sick children go to swim with dolphins? certainly isn't because they love dol[phins so much and just want to. Ok so I know dolphins arn't pets but they would be if they were affordable and we had the space to keep them wouldn't they?

Why do you suppose people choose to keep tropical fish?...or a goldfish even?. Just by observing the fish swimming in their tank or aquarium make us feel calmer and reduce our stress levels don't they. It isn't very often that you hear of someone who do not like to watch fish swimming...why do you suppose that many waiting rooms of Doctor surgery's and hospitals have aquariums?. It is because the observing of the fish relax the patients...not to give them something to look at whilst they wait to be called...that's what the magazines are for.

It is because pets and fish and general contact with animals help our bodies to produce and release endorphins {feel-good hormones}, which in turn help us to feel much better than we may have done that we are seeing more and more pets and animal therapies being set-up. Of course pets alone cannot cure diseases, but it is a proven fact that when pets are used to treat many illnesses alongside medication and other therapies, the healing time is greatly reduced. And although pets are not a cure in themselves they can be a preventative to falling ill in the first place, this is especially true for mental health conditions such as depression.

Whilst depression often leads to suicidal thoughts and self-harm, it has been proven that the keeping of pets or regular contact with pets and other animals by someone with the diagnosis of depression who also have a high risk of commiting suicide or harming themselves physically greatly reduces these high risks for the patient...because of the release of endorphines that's why...the feel-good hormones which we have no control over, the feel-good factor.

Love 'em or hate 'em...pets are good for our health.

Whether you are an animal lover or not, the truth of the matter is that having pets is far better for our health than not having pets.

The medical evidence to prove that pets are beneficial to our well-being and our health are already there, and growing.


So whether you have pets or not can be a contributing factor for either your good health as well as your bad health...having pets being good and not having pets being bad, which for many people has up till recently been the other way round,wrongly assuming that having pets could be unhealthy opposed to not having pets being healthier than having them

Other people, although they love animals choose not to have pets because they don't fit in with their life-styles, or they think that their work-load doesn't give them the time that pets need, the greatest excuse that many people use for not having any pets is that they don't have the space that a pet needs...all of which are really just as wrong as the one above, after all how much of your time do a few gold-fish require...and how much space do you suppose they need.

Are you an animal lover & have pets, do you not like being around animals, do you think that pets are unhealthy? Please take part in this duel so we can find out which category you fall into.

Pets need to be in good health for them to help keep you healthy...stands to reason doesn't it.

Unfortunately, although pets are excellent at helping to keep us healthy, they are not so good at maintaining certain aspects of their own health and require their owners help for some things such as clipping their nails, feeding, grooming etc.

Amazon have everything that you will need to help keep your pets in good owe it to them and you get a health-kick from knowing that you and your pets are good for each other.

One good deed deserves another after-all...I'm sure you agree!

Pet assisted therapy can be viewed on videos on YouTube

Watch some pet assisted therapy on videos featured on YouTube to see 1st hand how it is done for yourself.

A healthy pet is a happy pet.

The health of our pets, be they a family pet or pets which are being used as pet therapists is very, very important. For an animal to be able to work as a pet therapist it has to be healthy and in tip-top condition itself.

Of course if you think that your pet is suffering from a medical condition you must take it to your local veterinary surgery for expert treatment.

It is fairly easy to help to maintain the good health and vitality of a pet at home, good grooming regime, correct food for the animal, clean fresh drinking water are all things which are so easy for us to give our pets as well as being the most important steps we can take to keep a healthy pet healthy.

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New The Most Important Thing To Remember Is This...

A pet is for LIFE and not just for Christmas, Birthdays or a cute gift.

Please DO NOT give pets as gifts...NEVER EVER.

Enjoy your pet ALWAYS and Love it Forever, after all it is the ONLY thing that loves you more than you do.

Please use this space to add your comments,views or thoughts about any part of the lens, the contents of the lens or the subject of the lens, in fact I urge everyone to please use this space to add anything positive which you think would make an appropriate addition to this lens that will help to further promote the many positive benefits that are as yet unknown or unheard of regarding the use of pets as PET ASSISTED THERAPY...Sorry but there shall be NO negative comments permitted on this lens as the important message this lens is trying to promote shall be lost. If on the other hand you DO wish to offer healthy criticism regarding the way in which I have presented this lens then please feel free to air your suggestions as to any changes you feel I could make which would be an improvement and of a positive benefit to the cause. I promise that I shall give every suggestion my serious contemplation and consideration before making my final decision to add to or make editions to this lens based upon your suggestions.

Please feel free to share and re-share this lens via your social media sites, word of mouth or otherwise and help to make pet assisted therapy as acceptable as are many other "proven to be beneficial" alternative therapies.

Thank you x Love Today...Everyday x.



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      6 years ago

      @LoKackl: Late for my reply to thank you for your kindness and blessing this lens of mine I know but better late than never..x Many Blessings x

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      6 years ago

      @delia-delia: My apologies for not replying with my many thanks to you for viewing and awarding this lens with your blessing but problems have prevented me from doing so earlier...Many thank yous x Brightest Blessings x

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      6 years ago

      @howtocurecancer: Thank you so very much for deeming this lens as being worthy of your blessing...I wish I could do more than write charity lenses for good causes to raise awareness but hey at least we try our best. Thank you x Blessed Be x

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: I am so glad that this lens has raised so many lovely comments as yours...Thank you very muchly indeedy do x Love Today x

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      @BLemley: Thank you very muchly indeedy for visiting this lens & your wonderful comment Love Today Everyday x

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      6 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you very much for your kind words on this and other lenses of do not go unappreciated by me although I have not replied to many of the comments my lenses receive of late due to technical hitches but I have read your lovely comments left for me x Blessed Be x

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Pinned out to my boards: "Dogs" - as well as "Squid Lenses Worth Blessing !"

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      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Wonderful lense ~ great info and loved the inspirational pet quotes! Great advice about not giving pets as gifts and that they are life long! B : )

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      7 years ago

      Spectacular lens!! Once I have been in such program, they were visiting to the hospitals and I think the talking birds are more attractive and favorite one amongst patients, because this the thing that they don't see everyday. These birds are really colorful and makes the person forget their stress or pain.

      Animal assisted therapy

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      7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you ...I am so glad that you enjoyed reading this lens...x

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      7 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you very muchly indeedy x

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      7 years ago

      Pets are proven therapists and you have me dreaming again. I've had many dogs, cats, bunnies and other pet friends over the years. Your aquarium is a sweet addition here and all so well done an thoughtful.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, *-*blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for lens on Squidoo

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      8 years ago

      I have been so busy with my "SAB" that I have not had time to really check out lenses by my fellow Angels, so today I am looking at lenses I have missed...I LOVE this lens! I Love the subject, and feel it is so important...thanks for sharing and a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens!! SquidAngel Blessed!

      Roll to my dog-love-1

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Great lens. When my daughter was at the children's hospital being treated for cancer, we saw dogs being used as therapy there too.

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      8 years ago

      Great information on animals helping people. I added you to my RM lens list, because it ties in so nicely. 5*s

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wonderful lens! Animals do have special ways of helping people! :D

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I can't imagine my world without my pets. It would be a very lonely house that is for sure. They do indeed, comfort me on a daily basis and I have heard many stories about them being able to lift the spirits of people when they sick or hospitalized.


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