#NationalPetDay Does Your Therapist have a Wagging Tail?

#NationalPetDay Does Your Therapist have a Wagging Tail?

Whether your pet has a furry tail, a feathered tail or no tail at all, animal therapy can be a big mood-booster for patients with mental or chronic health conditions.

  • Simply holding or petting animals can reduce stress by helping patients relax
  • Playing with a pet can bring a much-needed distraction from the worries of a chronic health condition
  • Animal and pet ownership can bring a sense of purpose to patients who may be feeling lonely or unmotivated
  • Dogs require exercise just like humans do, so that daily walk can help some patients stay active longer

For more information, visit The National Institute for Mental Health


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