“There was an old lady sitting ina wooden antique chair. She wascaressing her dog. She said Bambinowas the only thing that makes hersmile through the day. She said this isthe ~animal magic~. “
The animals can improvethe health of a sick person, theycan promote kindness inchildren, they can comfort alonely person and many otherthings.
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapythat involves animals as a form of treatment. The goalof AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, orcognitive functioning. Animals used in therapy includedomesticated pets, farm animals and marine mammals(such as dolphins).
Dogs are common in animal-assistedtherapy. Assistance dogs can assist people withmany different disabilities; they are capable ofassisting certain life activities and help theindividuals navigate outside home.
Horses are also oftenly used in assistedanimal therapy. Hippotherapy can be used as a treatmentfor people with physical or mental challenges.
Dolphin assisted therapy refers to thepractice of swimming with dolphins, but therehas been criticism because by taking dolphinsout of their natural environment and puttingthem in captivity for therapy can behazardous to their well being.
Besides all these medical benefits, animalsare here to remind us that each of us needsmeaningful relationships and they can bring thisto us because of their devotion, intelligence andloyalty.