Pet Therapy

One of the highlights of their stay for residents at Midwest Center for Youth & Families is visits with therapy dogs and their handlers. In recent years, the benefits of Pet Therapy have become more widely understood and appreciated, especially in the mental health field.

According to PAWS for People, a non-profit organization which trains and certifies Pet Therapy teams, the tangible health benefits of Pet Therapy include lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, and decreasing overall physical pain. Patients also enjoy a variety of mental health benefits, which include decreased depression and anxiety, diminished feelings of isolation, loneliness, and alienation, and improved communication and socialization skills.

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