Most everyone knows that pets make you feel better when you’re around them. But did you know that a lot of doctors believe they can actually help you heal?
When my father was going through cancer treatments, one of the main things that helped him feel better after surgeries was being able to see a dog. The hospital where he was at had a resident therapy bulldog named Winston. Whenever Winston was around, my dad would light up and forget about his pain for a while. The chemo center he went to utilized the same program for patients. They noted that during chemotherapy, when patients are usually stressed, tired, and just generally not happy, treatment and side affects seemed to be worse. But when there was dog present, everyone perked up, was happier, and more social with each other.
When my dad ended up passing away, not only my dogs, but my rat helped me through my grief. He would sit on my shoulder and wipe away my tears when I would start crying.
Whenever my husband or I have a rough day at work, our dogs and cats make sure to give us extra love. It has been said that a cat’s purr actually medically reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
There are multiple programs around the world that use horses to help people with severe disabilities or that have been in major accidents gain balance. They also help people learn social cues and understand how to read emotions.
Animals are incredible. They know when you’re up, down, stressed, angry, and so much more. Giving your pup a squeeze, your cat a pet, or your chicken a scratch, makes you feel better. Animals don’t judge you. They are simply there for you, which is really what you need to heal.