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Research suggests that exposure to pet dander early in life makes it less likely that the body will treat it as a dangerous pathogen. This reduces a child’s chances of developing allergies. Perhaps even better, exposure to pet hair can help activate a child’s immune system, reducing their vulnerability to a host of ailments.
Playing with a pet has been shown to elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine—two brain chemicals that, when absent, can result in depression and anxiety. People who own dogs and cats are less likely to report mental health woes such as anxiety and depression, even when they have chronic or terminal illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
The Physical Benefits of Therapy Cats
Children and adults in health care and special education facilities visited by our pet therapy pairs enjoy a positive impact on their quality of life. For some, pet therapy visits are their only contact with the outside world. The pairs often become part of the family and eagerly look forward to making their next visit. In turn, the patients and residents delight in the cuddles, love and friendship these visits bring. The opportunity to receive the unconditional love and acceptance of the animals provides medical and emotional benefits such as lower blood pressure, stress relief, decreased feelings of loneliness and depression, and increased responsiveness.
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