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Pet Therapy

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What Is A Pet Therapy Dog?

A pet therapy dog is trained to provide friendship, comfort and companionship during visits to homes, hospitals, assisted living communities and other settings. These animals have a proven record of safe interaction with strangers of all ages plus medical equipment in a variety of environments. They consistently respond to commands and make themselves available to clients. They approach people gently and only on command, yet they show great affection.

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Benefits Of Pet Therapy

Did you know that dogs visited hospitals to comfort wounded soldiers during World War II? For years, animal-assisted therapy has been used to enhance people’s lives and positively impact their social, emotional and cognitive health. In nursing homes that incorporate pet therapy, researchers found decreases in prescription drug use and total cost of care. During home visits, pet therapy allows people to receive all the love, joy and affection an animal brings without handling the everyday care needs of a pet. Not only do pets create a fun and relaxing environment, studies have shown they improve the health of clients and caregivers.

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For our Clients who can no longer care for a pet, pet therapy may provide the following benefits:

Emotional Benefits

  • Reduced loneliness, anxiety and depression
  • Increased awareness and attention span
  • Social stimulation and encouragement to communicate
  • Increased quantity and quality of interactions among dementia patients
  • Enhanced social interactions with more smiles and laughter

Physical Benefits

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and seizure
  • Motivation for physical therapy and increased mobility
  • Mental stimulation for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Diminished physical pain due to release of endorphins
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About Lacey the Lab

Lacey, our certified pet therapy dog, is a Yellow Labrador who was born on January 13, 2011 and adopted by Bob Roth, our managing partner, at 10 weeks old. Lacey is loyal, affectionate and social, and loves meeting new people. She enjoys ear scratches, playing fetch and especially making people smile and laugh. With each home visit, Lacey delivers feelings of joy and happiness to those she meets through her unconditional and undeniable love of humans. Lacey’s gentle demeanor and extraordinary manners make her the perfect dog for providing love and affection for people at home.

How To Get A Visit From Lacey

Lacey’s visits are FREE for Cypress HomeCare Solutions clients and can be arranged by calling the office directly at (602) 264-8009

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