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Pet Therapy for Anxiety

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Arnold 🙂 Photo cred: Natalia

By Natalie Leibowitz

There has been much evidence of the benefits of the human-animal bond in managing a range of illnesses, including heart disease, dementia, seizure disorders, and more recently, anxiety and depression. A pet can provide companionship, comfort, and emotional support. They help to ease loneliness, reduce stress, encourage social and physical activity, and create a sense of calmness. Dogs in particular, are able to detect changes in the mood and anxiety level of their owners, which can be a helpful tool in recognizing and managing anxiety.

The following is a recent article published in the Toronto Star sharing the story of a woman who credits her dog with helping her cope with anxiety and complete her university degree

http://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20150617/282110635240168/TextView

 

Reference

Canadian Service Dog Foundation. Emotional Support Animals. http://www.servicedog.ca/program/emotional-support-animals

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