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Is animal assisted therapy helpful?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends what for

Therapy or assistance animals are used in many ways, from service dogs (and other species!) for the blind and physically disabled, to pet therapy for anxiety and mental health disorders, to equine (horse) therapy for physically and developmentally disabled children.
As with anything, there are potential pros & cons in each unique situation, so discuss in detail with professional care team.

In brief: Depends what for

Therapy or assistance animals are used in many ways, from service dogs (and other species!) for the blind and physically disabled, to pet therapy for anxiety and mental health disorders, to equine (horse) therapy for physically and developmentally disabled children.
As with anything, there are potential pros & cons in each unique situation, so discuss in detail with professional care team.
Dr. Leto Quarles
Dr. Leto Quarles
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Therapy dog

A therapy dog is not considered a service animal or an emotional support animal.
An emotional support animal provides its owner comfort. A service dog has been specifically trained to perform tasks which will ameliorate the owners disability. So either a service dog or an emotional support dog might aid a person with post traumatic stress disorder. Therapy dogs are trained to comfort people in a.

In brief: Therapy dog

A therapy dog is not considered a service animal or an emotional support animal.
An emotional support animal provides its owner comfort. A service dog has been specifically trained to perform tasks which will ameliorate the owners disability. So either a service dog or an emotional support dog might aid a person with post traumatic stress disorder. Therapy dogs are trained to comfort people in a.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
variety of scenarios (nursing home, hospital, hospice, disasters, etc.). They can also be used with people who have learning problems.
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