Pets as Therapy

Are you suffering from any mental illness? Or are you under any tremendous pressure? Do you need the help of a psychiatrist to get rid of it? Are you taking anti-depressants or any similar drugs to get out of various worries?

Of course, mental illness is a condition which has to be taken care of otherwise it may be fatal. To overcome this, you need a good psychiatrist but what will happen if he is someone other than a human being? Let’s get acquainted with a new psychiatrist who can cure your disease without any medication.

“The best therapist has fur & four legs”. Yeah, you are right. I’m talking about your pet mainly dog or cat. Apart from these two, any other animal can also help in curing your disease & put a smile on your face.

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”- Ben Williams.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) the human- animal bond is defined as, “…a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviours essential to the health and wellbeing of both.”


In today’s hectic life, you don’t usually find a companion to talk to or betrayal makes you afraid to talk to someone. So, you love being quiet and keep it all to yourself but these are the major reasons for developing mental illness.

According to Bayer, diseases like depression and dementia can be exacerbated by loneliness. This is where your pet can play an important role. They can’t say anything but are always there to listen to all your words. They show you affection. 

Maybe they don’t understand all your words, but they will always be by your side. Any animal or your pet can provide you the emotional support. By interacting with companion animals, elderly people can experience positive mental effects. Similar results can occur in case of children during emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioural development. When you are in bad mood just take a deep breathe & hold your pet, your mind will feel better definitely. Actually, they have the ability to divert your mind. This sweet relationship refreshes the soul.

It has also been proved that when you spend  time with your pet, the dopamine & serotonin levels increase in the brain. These are the happy hormones & help to reduce depression. These two hormones are essential for relaxation. By providing such an impartial, unconditional, emotional support and love, they play a role of psychiatrist.



Not only do they boost your mood but  also help you to be physically healthy. Caring for a pet involves some degree of physical activity, and living with a pet that needs a daily walk or play sessions is an excellent way to get off the couch and go out of the door. Among pet-owning respondents, 64% reported they are more physically active.

In one study of cardiovascular reactivity to stress, those with pets had significantly lower resting baseline heart rates and blood pressure. Pet ownership has also been linked to increased coronary artery disease survival.  According to Bayer, people living with dogs are 15% less likely to die from heart disease. Actually, smile can cure all diseases & research has demonstrated that pet owners laugh more.


“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” -George Eliot. Love animals more. Keep them well & stay healthy yourself.

Just remember – “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”- James Herriot



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