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Animal-Assisted Therapy

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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Science is catching up with what animal lovers always knew already: “Life is Better With A Pet!”


The role of therapy dogs has been growing substantially over recent years as we learn of the health benefits of interacting with our pets, although most studies have focused on dogs.



This page remains unfinished: an overview and summary of the articles below is forthcoming. In the meantime, please review the articles below.




Animal-Asisted TherapyCAM Treatment


Animal-Assisted Therapy Overviews

  1. General Commentary – Rethinking the role of animals in human well-being – 2013
  2. Why do people love their pets?
  3. Psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of human-animal interactions – the possible role of oxytocin – 2012
  4. Post-Operative Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Surgery – A Randomised Study – 2015
  5. Human attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans – A multivariate approach – 2009
  6. Evolution of research into the mutual benefits of human-animal interaction – 2014
  7. Animal-assisted therapy to promote ambulation in the hospital setting – Potentially effective but is it feasible? – 2015
  8. Animal-Assisted Activities: Results From a Survey of Top-Ranked Pediatric Oncology Hospitals. – PubMed – NCBI
  9. A pilot survey of animal-facilitated therapy in Southern California and South Dakota nursing homes – Darrah – 2006 – Occupational Therapy International – Wiley Online Library


Animal-Assisted Therapy Anxiety & Stress

Animal-Assisted Therapy Cats too!

  1. Tails of animal attraction – Incorporating the feline into the family – 2008


Animal-Assisted Therapy Pain

  1.  Animal-Assisted Therapy at an Outpatient Pain Management Clinic – 2012
  2. Can Therapy Dogs Improve Pain and Satisfaction After Total Joint Arthroplasty? A Randomized Controlled Trial – 2015
  3. Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with Fibromyalgia – 2012

Animal-Assisted Therapy The Science

  1. The science behind animal-assisted therapy. – PubMed – NCBI
  2. Patterns of Brain Activation when Mothers View Their Own Child and Dog – An fMRI Study – 2014
  3.  Pet Face – Mechanisms Underlying Human-Animal Relationships – 2016

Animal-Assisted Therapy Fear of Dogs

  1. Origins of fear of dogs in adults and children – The role of conditioning processes and prior familiarity with dogs

Animal-Assisted Therapy From the Dog’s Side

  1. The effect of dog-human interaction on cortisol and behavior
    in registered ani
    mal-assisted activity dogs – 2014
  2. Physiological Arousal for Companion Dogs Working With Their Owners in Animal-Assisted Activities and Animal-Assisted Therapy – 2006


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