Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is becoming more and more common in hospitals and health centers across the country, and for good reason.
If you haven’t yet heard of this growing phenomenon, let us give you a quick run down.
AAT is the practice of introducing an animal to a sick, injured, elderly, or mentally unwell individual in a hospital, doctor, or therapy setting.
The idea behind it is that interaction with animals is relaxing, relieves stress, and feels good. This is just common sense for anyone who has a pet.
But what is happening is that more and more scientific studies are being done, and those studies are showing that this type of therapy is incredibly effective across the spectrum.
Patients exhibit lower levels of pain, lower stress levels, are more cooperative, and even find their hospital stays significantly more enjoyable if they’ve interacted with an animal.
The most common animals are dogs, cats, and birds, and in many cases, even a brief interaction is enough to improve the mood of a patient.
Considering how horrible it is to be in hospital or undergoing therapy, any chance to make lives better needs to be looked into further, and that’s why we felt so strongly about creating this fun infographic below.
We wanted to get the word out about AAT in the hopes that more people discover it and can be helped by it’s application.
If you’re interested in reading more about each point, please feel free to check out the full story at Catological.com.