pet therapy has been gaining increased attention over the years. research has shown that owning a pet can actually help:
- alzheimer’s and psychiatric patients become more oriented to reality,
- children with autistic traits and attention deficit disorder (ADD) develop focus and concentration,
- depressed people become more interactive with the “external world,” and
- hypertensives lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and mortality rate by 3%.
i guess it is because pets can take our minds off loneliness, fear, and pain.
everyone has a need to touch and hug, and as we share this affection to our pets, they reciprocate in kind.
pets convey a sense of innocence, spontaneity, and vulnerability which makes us want to connect and be part of their world.
and lastly, with pets, we can also feel safe and accepted in their presence, and be our natural selves around them.