For as long as we can remember, humans and domesticated animals have shared a special bond. The mutually beneficial relationship has served many purposes. In recent years, that bond has been applied in the medical field. Pet therapy, a field sometimes referred to as animal-assisted therapy, has gained popularity across the country. Medical institutions are recognizing the innate abilities dogs have to tune in to humans and their feelings. Cancer centers and behavioral health practices have been perhaps the most visible in animal-assisted therapy.
We at the Polk County Medical Association aim to do our part to raise awareness for a variety of timely health-related topics, so we’ve highlighted some local uses of animal-assisted therapy in this edition of Central Florida Health News.
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