Study after study has demonstrated that pets are healthful. I happen to be talking today about the upsides and downsides of the human/animal bond bond at the North American Veterinary Conference .
One upside are the increasing number of studies which to continue to confirm that pets are good for us. A study just published in the American Journal of Recreation Therapy has identified the perceived benefits of animal assisted therapy (AAT). It specifically looked at outcomes for anxiety, pain, communication, and cognition among patients waiting for treatment in a large urban cancer center. It was accomplished using a survey of 75 patients and vie family members. The results indicated that 78% would like to take part in AAT. An overwhelming 89% felt it would help make time go by more quickly with 71% feeling it would reduce pain.