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Pet therapy

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Animal-assisted activities (AAA), animal-assisted therapy (AAT), animal companionship, animals in human therapy, canine visitation therapy (CVT), companion animal therapy, pet-assisted therapy, pet-facilitated therapy.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Pet therapy is used to provide psychological benefits such as emotional connection, stress reduction, and reduced feelings of loneliness or isolation. This therapy is used with people of all ages, but particularly with children and the elderly.
  • Animal companionship has been used as an informal source of comfort and relief of suffering across cultures throughout history. In the last forty years, pet therapy has been a subject of serious study for nursing and other health care disciplines concerned with emotional well-being and quality of life.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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Mechanism of Action

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History

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Evidence Table

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Evidence Discussion

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Products Studied

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References

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