Animal-assisted therapy gives people a purpose in life and makes them feel a little less alone in this big world of ours. It instills feelings of acceptance and empathy. The article explains that, "Petting an animal can cause your brain to release chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals counteract your body’s reaction to pain by causing a sense of pleasure or well-being. This can help ease depression." (Watt) Variations of animal-assisted therapy has been used for centuries and positively helps to impact one's mood. Some of the few negatives that can be associated with pet therapy are risks of allergic reaction and attacks. This source was legitimate because it was medically reviewed. *** Watt, Anthony. “Animal-Assisted Therapy for Depression”. Healthline, 12 Dec. 2016, https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/animal-assisted-therapy. Accessed 2 May 2, 2018.
Some physical benefits of pet therapy are lowering blood pressure, reduced fatigue, lessened physical pain, improved fine motor skills, and motivates exercise daily. Emotional benefits of pet therapy are lessened depression, reduced anxiety and stress, and improved self-esteem. Pet therapy also improves focus, decreases isolation feelings, calms, relaxes, and increases communication. (UnityPoint Health) Although much research still needs to be conducted on pet therapy, enough positives have already been discovered to say pet therapy is the way to go! This resource is legitimate because of the recent date and it is a medical website. ***Unity Point Health. “12 “Paw-fully” Cool Pet Therapy Benefits (Infographic)”. Unity Point Health, 3 Sept. 2014, https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/article.aspx?id=f09aaa3e-0a8e-45c0-9828-02436f058f14. Accessed 2 May 2018.
At San Francisco International Airport, United Airlines and Peninsula Humane Society partnered up to in an event called #UnitedPaws. The event brought many dogs into the United Airlines terminals and "seemed to have no problem attracting willing participants".(Brulliard) It calmed the travelers and was a unique take on traditional pet therapy. Although the dogs were not allowed on the planes, this was a good way to calm travelers nerves. This source was legitimate because it was on the news. ***Brulliard, Karin. “Dogs give airport travelers a moment of calm”. The Washington Post. 2 July 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/07/02/therapy-animals-are-everywhere-proof-that-they-help-is-not/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.18a48bbbfcb3. Accessed 2 May 2018.
In this article it states, "Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond." (Giorgi) People who typically use pet therapy are cancer patients, chronic heart failure patients, PTSD patients, stroke victims, mental health disorder patients, and patients in long-term care facilities. Doctors with the help of the trained pet handler administer pet therapy and monitor patients progress along the way. Risks of pet therapy are sanitation and safety in hospitals. The dogs must be well trained so that they do not pose a threat. Success with pet therapy depends on realistic goals and achieving them. This source was legitimate because it was medically reviewed. ***Giorgi, Anna Zernone. “Pet Therapy”. 4 May 2016, https://www.healthline.com/health/pet-therapy. Accessed 2 May 2018.
With the many positives that outweigh negatives of pet therapy one negative is pet therapy dogs on flights. Due to on-board incidents that resulted in injury, many airlines take precautions or do not allow at all for pet therapy dogs in the plane cabins. It is mainly on international flights that pet therapy dogs are not allowed in the cabin. American Airlines started taking precautions such as extra documentation, vaccines, and proof of training before allowing a pet therapy dog on board. (JET SET PETS) Although it does take extra work, multiple airlines still allow for dogs to be in the cabins. It's the international airlines that have stricter rules. This source is legitimate because it was written recently and on the school's database. ***"JET SET PETS." Independent [London, England], 17 Mar. 2018, p. 104. Infotrac Newsstand, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A531256573/STND?u=j084910011&sid=STND&xid=899bb7e0. Accessed 2 May 2018.
Pet therapy has been found to work with people with many different types of disorders. But it was found that kids with autism respond to pet therapy the best. Because kids can open up to dogs more easily and see them as non-judgmental, kids with autism had the most positive results. (Noorani) Cats are usually used more often with adults and dogs are used with kids. Many people of all ages who have suffered trauma find pet therapy to be very beneficial. They trust the animals and open up to them. A negative part of pet therapy with kids is that the kids could be too rough with the dogs and injure them. This source was legitimate because it was from the school's database and has a recent date. ***Noorani, Reza. "Healing with animal-assisted therapy." Times of India, 26 Apr. 2014. Infotrac Newsstand, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A365992386/STND?u=j084910011&sid=STND&xid=10b30f7c. Accessed 2 May 2018.