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The Benefits of Pet Therapy

Manas Resort With Petting Zoo May 17, 2019
Someone once said, “The best therapist has fur and four legs.” And it couldn’t be more true. Animals, four-legged or not, with or without fur offer unconditional love and affection. Due to this very reason, involving animals in therapy can put patients at ease and make the most nerve-wracking experience easier to get through.

What is Pet Therapy?

Pet Therapy is an alternative type of therapy that helps people to recover from or cope with mental disorders and health issues. Most pet owners will agree that they are the happiest when they are spending time with their fuzzy friends.
Modern science is constantly providing us with insights about interaction with animals having positive physical and mental health benefits. Thus, interaction with animals has become common when it comes to therapy. Pet therapy is a supervised interaction between a trained animal and a person.

Benefits of Pet Therapy

Most commonly used animals in pet therapy are dogs (canine-assisted therapy), horses (equine-assisted therapy) and cats. However, guinea pigs, fish, rabbits, birds and other animals can also be used.
Pet therapy can not only strengthen your bond with animals but also alleviate stress, tension and improves a person’s state of mind. Apart from being adorable, loving and loyal, here are a few ways in which pets:
  • Improve self esteem
  • Offer unconditional acceptance and a sense of safety
  • Help battle depression
  • Help in developing social skills
  • Help people deal with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Help people in long-term care facilities
  • Improve motor skills
  • Improve joint movement
  • Reduce the risk of blood pressure
  • Improve heart health
  • Create happy environments and improve mood
  • Improve communication skills
  • Strengthen morale
  • Reduce fear and anxiety
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Help kids to learn nurturing skills

Who Should Consider Pet Therapy?

There are numerous reasons why people have therapy animals. One of the reasons being, people tend to be less anxious if a pet is present during a medical procedure.
Pet therapy can also be useful for:
  • People who live in long-term care facilities
  • Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • People who have struggled with substance abuse
  • People who are battling depression, anxiety and panic attacks
  • People with heart problems
  • People with mental health disorders
  • People undergoing therapy to recoup motor skills, supported or independent movement
Spread over 7 and a half acres in the midst of dense forests and beautiful waterfalls of Igatpuri, Manas Resort with Petting Zoo is a home to various human friendly exotic animals and birds like Sugar Gliders, German Angoras, Mini Lops etc. It is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy their company, play with them and feed them too.
We also have pooches including Japanese Akita, Long Coat German Shepherd, Rough Collies, Siberian Huskies, French Bulldogs, Jack Russell Terriers and many more dogs that you can play with to your heart’s content.
The resort has a massive 15,000+ sq. ft. off-leash park where you can spend time with these four-legged pals who will definitely help you de-stress.