Rehab Goes to the DogsBy Physical Therapy Products: SOAP Notes,
Publication Date: January 2007
Article focuses on an organization called Pets for Health, which advocates for the incorporation of pet therapy at nursing homes and hospitals. The group was founded in 1998, and is affiliated with the Delta Society, which is an international nonprofit that promotes the use of animal service and therapy in human healthcare organizations. Animal-assisted therapy is not only effective in nursing homes or physical rehabilitation units, as animals are often used for therapy in working with children who have emotional disabilities or even in correctional facilities. Service dogs have even been used with children who have reading difficulties, as children do not fear being laughed at when reading to a dog. The animals used by Pets for Health include a 15-pound Shih Tzu to a 150-pound Newfoundland.
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