Animal therapy - do you have a four-legged friend?
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I thought I would introduce a new "fun" topic for everyone today:
Animal therapy is known to have a very positive impact on the moral for those dealing with chronic conditions. Our furry friends can us provide both comfort and companionship!
I wanted to ask you, do you have an animal to help you? If so, what kind? How does your animal help you?
Please let me know in the comments, and feel free to share a photo or two!
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@Lee__R Yes! I have my Basset hound Bentley. While he's not a trained therapy dog, he always seems to know when I'm having a migraine and petting him during an episode really seems to calm me down. He's the best!
@Lee__R I have a cat. When he's not being a little asshole he can be sweet and a little companion. Animals have this sense for when humans aren't feeling well. They just get it.
I don’t have just one, but 3 fur-babies that help me. 😁 I have 2 cats, one is a cuddler who loves to purr as loud as he can, the other is a “mommy’s boy” who hides from everyone else. And I have a 4 year old rednose pitt that thinks he’s still the same size he was when I was picking him up and cuddling him on my lap... 4 years ago!
They each pick up on different moods and symptoms I’m experiencing, and have an individual way that they will cuddle to me or lay by me to comfort me, depending on what they pick up. There’s been several times that I’ve felt off, but couldn’t quite figure out what it was until I saw the way my fur-babies were acting around me. I’d be lost without them.
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@Meerkat8317 Same for me ! Since I was a kid, I was more a dog person. But ever since my girlfriend brought her cat home, (she’s a cat lover) I might say I have become more a cat person. Cats can be such jerks but they know how to be really cute, funny and stress relieving. I heard at lot about how cats can be good for healt.
@AurelienT I have always been a cat person, to the point where I have a tattoo of a cartoon “sassy cat” on my left hand! But once I saw the litter of puppies I got my dog fur-baby from, I was a goner! They were only 12 days old!
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I also have a cat and he really seems to know when I'm not doing well and is always there for me. It's like they have a sense for when something's wrong. I've heard that the purring can lower stress levels and reduce the risk of heart attack or something like that, so that's an additional plus!
I would love to have a trained therapy dog for my balance issues with MS. Some days I can't seem to walk a straight line down the hallway and find myself bumping into walls and stuff. I have two cats and I love them but they're not much help with that!
I had a boxer for a little over 12 years and he was my saving grace. He was my biggest help. He brought me out of depression funks and gave me purpose. He gave me a reason to get up and get moving. I'm afraid to have a child due to my ms and fear of passing it to my child so I got my Hemi and having him in my life was by far the best and happiest time of my life since being diagnosed with MS over 16 years ago. He made my life so much better and he made me better.
Yes I have a cat, she been with me for 14 yrs now. An Americian Bobtail. she a small cat no tail, just a nub, and she cries for loving daily, Any time I'm gone more than a night I hear it when I return, MEOWWWWW "come give me loving, she also reminds me if, as most nights I 'm staying up too late, she likes me in bed by 1am, I will stay up till dawn some nights, but she out on my lap MEOWWWW "lets go to bed" she sleeps on my left side where I can pet her till I fall asleep. Shes my mommas kitty, originally nutterbutters, she helps with my blood pressure, and I don't know what I will do if .....I just don't know.....
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I grew up with cats, but my family is definitely a "dog family". We have a golden retriever, Sammy, and he's as handsome as he is dumb! But we love him! I've definitely been enjoying our Sunday morning dog cuddles in bed since my diagnosis. It's like he knows and is there to help.
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