pet therapy

pet therapy2016-12-28T04:16:44+00:00

pet therapy 

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pet therapy


The use of a domestic pet as an adjunct to mental health therapy, which helps increase a patient’s interactions with the external environment. It is used for persons with a marginal role in society–e.g., children in foster care, the elderly and/or in nursing homes, mentally retarded, physically handicapped, inmates of correctional facilities, for those in mental or physical isolation, or those with a low self-esteem.

Pets may be used for patients who fail to respond to individual psychotherapy, electroshock, drugs, and occupational or recreational therapy; some data suggest that cholesterol and blood pressure are lower in individuals with pets. 

Synonyms Pet-facilitated psychotherapy, pet-facilitated therapy 

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