Animal companionship has been used as an informal source of comfort and relief of suffering across cultures throughout history.
For over 40 years, pet therapy has been a subject of serious study for nursing and other healthcare disciplines concerned with emotional well-being and quality of life.
Pet therapy is used with people of all ages, but particularly with children and the elderly.
Pet therapy offers psychological benefits in terms of emotional connection, stress reduction, and reduced feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Pet therapy is used in clinical programs to treat social or emotional difficulties and communication disorders.
AAA, AAT, animal-assisted activities, animal-assisted therapy, animals in human therapy, canine visitation therapy, companion animal therapy, CVT, pet-assisted therapy, pet-facilitated therapy.