It is a well-known fact in healthcare circles that Pet Therapy has been proven to have an advantageous effect on health.
Interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits for both physical and mental health. Physical benefits range from lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, releases endorphins (oxytocin) giving that calming effect, diminishes overall pain and the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response.
Pet Therapy is also thought to have mental health perks such as lifting the spirits and lessening depression, lowering anxiety, reducing boredom and encouraging communication. With this in mind, staff at Dunanney Care Home called upon Pets at Home.
Pets at Home staff brought with them guinea pigs, small rabbits and a bearded dragon. Some of the residents were slightly cautious of the bearded dragon at first, but the tiny grey rabbit called Tinkerbell was a great hit and some of the residents became quite attached to the animals. Dunanney residents await the next visit from their furry friends!