The Benefits Of Pet Therapy For Seniors

Joe Greaves, President of Comfort and Love brought his dog Carson by for a visit today.  Known as Wildrose Fernshot “Carson” of Willowyk, “Carson” is visiting with residents, Jack and Don.

There are so many physical, emotional and psychological benefits of pet therapy for seniors!

  • Studies have revealed that seniors with heart conditions who are pet owners / spend time with pets tend to outlive those who don’t.
  • Walking a dog or playing (interacting at any level) with a pet can lead to improved mobility, healthier lifestyle and a more positive outlook on life, overall.
  • Simple actions like petting or touching can reduce and normalize blood pressure, stress and resting heart rate.
  • Spending time with pets can have a calming affect, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
  • For dementia patients, animals can be soothing, especially for those who have difficulty using language or talking to others.
  • Animals can help lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness, while improving mood, alleviating anxiety and increasing desires for interaction with others, aka socialization. 
  • Studies show that just fifteen minutes spent bonding with an animal promotes hormonal changes within the brain. 
  • Being around animals just makes people feel better, healthier, and happier! 

Carson is in Support Dog training by Erin O’Reilly at Wildrose Kennels of Oxford, MS. Primarily known for Upland game and Waterfowl, the kennel also has a program training special dogs (in this case, Carson) who has both the patience, temperament and maturity to garner the sensitivity of our senior residents.

Carson is a 15-month old purebred English pedigree Labrador Retriever. The slogan for Wildrose is “The Gentlemen’s Gun Dog” and they are known for agility, intelligence and patients to deal with our senior residents.