Pet Therapy

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Pet therapy
Throughout the history, animals played very important role in human existence – protection. People always believe in animal’s supernatural power: for example, in Egypt people worshiped cats and believed in Bastet – a goddess with cat’s face who protected people from evil spirits (Mark, 2012). In present days, many people still believe in animal’s supernatural power and think that to have a pet in the house will help them to keep evil spirits away and keep households safe. Of course, animals have no supernatural power but for example to have a dog in the house is truly good for protection like burglary or a cat can keep rodents away. Unfortunately, people do not think of a pet more than protectors or somebody to have around the
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In this period of time pets are also can be very helpful in finding a new purpose in life. With pet elderly can stay socially and physically active by going for a walk and socialize with other pet’s owners, they can feel that they needed by someone and feel happier with someone meeting them by the front door. Pet can provide a comfort after elderly person suffers a loss of a very close friends or a loved one. Elderly people feel lonely more often so a pet can keep a company. Some people even talk to a pet – this can help to go through some problems they experience.
For elderly any changes are difficult. Many suffer mental disorders like depression, loss of memory, and more. Study by Dr. Francesca Moretti, Dr. Diana De Ronchi, Dr. Virginia Bernabei, Dr. Lucia Marchetti, Dr. Barbara Ferrari, Dr. Claudia Forlani, Dr. Francesca Negretti, Dr. Cleta Sacchetti and Dr. Anna Rita Atti (2010) showed that pet therapy helped patients to deal with depression, dementia and psychotic disorders. Study also showed symptoms reduction by 50% (Moretti et al., 2010). Having a pet has its positive effects on mentally ill elders: they felt better not only physically but also emotionally (Moretti et al., 2010). Their relationships with friends and families had been improved, they were more engaged with daily activities and noticed significant improvement of sleep and appetite (Moretti et al., 2010).
Benefits from having a pet in the house are endless: a pet

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