Animals Making a Difference

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5 Advantages to Pet Therapy

The majority of us probably already understand the joys of having pets, but did you know that animals can make a huge difference in certain types of therapies? Here are a few benefits to engaging in pet therapy.

1. Stress

Did you know that dogs are proven stress relief? When you spend time with dogs your brain releases endorphins which lower stress levels, improve mood, and have a calming effect. This therapy is especially helpful for people suffering from memory loss or those with communication disabilities.

2. Depression

Typically, people with depression suffer from feelings of solitude, loneliness, and alienation. Having a pet or experiencing pet therapy reassures and comforts depressed individuals; making them feel supported and less alone.

3. High Blood Pressure

Patients with high blood pressure run the risk of developing heart disease. Fortunately, having a pet or spending time around animals has been shown to lower blood pressure.

4. Exercise

Studies have shown that dog owners are more likely to participate in physical activity than non-pet owners. Going for walks, visiting the dog park, or simply playing fetch with your pet can reduce the risk of arthritis, heart disease, and join stiffness.

5. Self-Esteem

Spending time with or taking care of a pet can significantly boost confidence in those who suffer with low self-esteem. Taking responsibility for a pet can add a sense of purpose and independence to the life of someone with poor self-esteem.

Winchester Terrace understands the benefits of pet therapy and is please to offer our residents time with animals. Give us a call today at 419-756-4747 to learn more about how Winchester Terrace can help you and your loved ones.