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 “Anyone who has ever owned a pet will readily verify the benefits of associating with furred, feathered, or finned friends. Animals are fun to be with and comforting to hold. Their antics inspire humor and a sense of carefreeness, a return to childhood with its buoyant spirits. Caring for pets encourages nurturance, responsibility, and adherence to a daily schedule. Pets enable owners to reach outside themselves and to put aside fears of an uncertain future. Pets live in the immediate moment, and interacting with them makes us keenly aware of the present with all its joys and idiosyncrasies.”

Over the years other health care professionals have noticed and documented the therapeutic effect of animal companionship, such as relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and raising spirits. In recent years, therapy dogs have been enlisted to help children overcome speech and emotional disorders

As we accept animals as potential healers, as major contributors to our health, happiness, wellness, and vitality, can we in good conscience continue indiscriminately to exploit them and dispose of them at will,” wonders author Odean Cusack. we need a new and wiser concept of animals. If we continue to accept the potential value and benefits of utilizing pets in the provision of occupational therapy services for children with special needs we will continue to see huge improvments in phyical mobility, mental calmness and social behaviour.

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