For some, just the sight of an adorable animal is enough to lift their
spirits. For others, interacting with a pet such as a cat, dog, rabbit
or horse can help them to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.
If you are
currently going through cancer treatment, or helping a loved one during
this time, then you may want to consider animal therapy as a supplement
to your medical treatments.
Nine things to consider before starting animal therapy
When you or someone you love has cancer, finding ways to relax is
important. Animal therapy is a supportive treatment approach that has
been shown to help reduce stress and boost spirits, as well as provide a
welcome distraction from all of the emotions you and your loved ones
may be feeling.
However, animal therapy involves more than heading to the pet store and
picking out a new furry friend. Here are nine things to consider before
incorporating pets into your treatment regimen.
Audrey Allen began her journey with breast cancer in November 2004. She was devastated and scared at first, but the doctors and other care team members at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® listened to her needs and gave her hope. Learn more about her inspirational story.