Animal therapy: what is it, what is pet therapy, what is the treatment of animals, the benefits for children

  • What animaloterapiya
  • Indications Contraindications
  • Types animaloterapiya
  • Principles
  • treatment Where are classes
  • Reviews

Many of us live pets, but very few people think much about the enormous impact they have on our lives. And no one is interested in statistics on this score at all.

But, scientists found people who interact with the animals a better chance of living longer and are generally healthier. For example, in those who have a dog at home, the likelihood of joint disease and hypertension is less. And the owners of cats suffer from allergies by 30% less. The frequency of heart attacks with a fatal outcome, the presence of "fuzzy" reduces by 3%.Or, for example, simply by stroking a dog, you will increase the level of the hormone of joy by 2 times.

What is anatolotherapy

Since ancient times people have been treated with the help of

animals. They helped them in many ailments. Now this direction is only gaining momentum with us. But many have already assessed its effectiveness.

So animaloterapiya( or otherwise enimalterapiya) - a method of treatment of an animal, using that are not needed medicines - only positive attitude and desire to win ailment. This method is often used in conjunction with other types of treatment.

Healing or significant relief of symptoms is due to communicate with one or another animal, or by means of their images( pictures, figurines, toys).

are two types of animal-assisted therapy:

  • Omnidirectional ( when you have a house inhabited by an animal, and you without even noticing, to raise the level of their health through communication with the four-legged friend);
  • Directed by ( when intentionally treated with animals by a certain technique, with a set of specific exercises).In this case, the animal must possess certain qualities and undergo a special training course.


  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Autism;
  • Neuroses of various degrees;
  • Mental retardation;
  • Lag behind in mental development;
  • Violations of speech;
  • Hearing impairment;
  • Visual impairment;
  • Down Syndrome;
  • Oligophrenia;
  • Cardiovascular diseases;
  • Injuries;
  • Inflammatory processes in the body;
  • Problems of the musculoskeletal system.


Animal therapy is considered to be a fairly safe method of treatment. She has virtually no side effects. But still, depending on the individual characteristics of the patient, there are people who still should not be treated with animals. The fact is that some suffer from allergies to the hair or saliva of this or that animal. Also, if the patient has a severe nervous breakdown, open wounds, acute infectious diseases, lung diseases, it is not worth using pet therapy.

Your mood is very important. If initially you do not believe in healing with the help of this method or just have a negative attitude towards animals, you should also stop using it. Results in this case are unlikely to be obtained.

Types of animalotherapy

Many animals can treat. Particularly striking is their diversity abroad. For example, in America they practice treatment with rabbits, llamas, goats, parrots, and some use insects. In Australia, kangaroos are treated, in Africa - elephants and even crocodiles.

But in Russia all the same, the main directions are less exotic:

  • Canister. Treatment is through communication and interaction with dogs. The dog encourages the patient to take certain actions and improves his psychological health.
  • Dolphin therapy. From the title it is clear that this is a question of treating dolphins. Healing occurs with the help of special sounds, published by dolphins( ultrasounds).
  • Hippotherapy. In this direction, the healer is a horse. The treatment is based on the impulses that the horse transmits to the rider during the movement.
  • Felinotherapy. Treatment is done with the help of cats. The fact is that cats very well feel human pain, they know if there are inflammatory processes in a person's body.

Recently, this direction in pet-therapy has become more popular, as treatment with leeches - hirudotherapy. It is effective in many fields of medicine: gynecology, ophthalmology, surgery, cardiology. With the help of leeches are very successfully treated varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, various gynecological diseases, use them in cosmetology. The whole secret is in their saliva, which penetrates deeply and acts on the cellular level.

Principles of treatment

At the heart of any kind of animalotherapy is the interaction with the animal. It is aimed at making the life of the patient and those around him as comfortable as possible.

None of the described types of animalotherapy treats directly. Suppose you have a headache - you drink a pill - the headache is gone. No. Here is a slightly different principle: in the patient's body processes are started that did not work before.

For example, an autistic child did not speak at all, and after a while began to pronounce sounds or even words. This happened not because he was swimming with the dolphin, or next to him for several lessons a dog was sitting - just the animal prompted him to this action.

Or, after spending several years in a wheelchair, the child suddenly makes the first steps after the persistent hippotherapy. The horse simply showed that the child is able to move independently. After all, he can sit on his horse himself, can keep his balance.

Of course, in the treatment of animals there is a physiological effect. For example, a horse makes muscles that have not acted before, work, warms them up, the dog and cat just heat, dolphins produce very specific healing sounds, the dog and horse learn how to coordinate movements during the exercise. But nevertheless, the psychological aspect is equally important. For a child, many things are re-discovered, he becomes much more sociable and self-confident.

An animal is a kind of conductor between a child and an adult, a powerful lever of influence. The four-footed doctor discovers in the patient those abilities and opportunities that he had, but for various reasons were not developed.

Children perceive communication with animals as entertainment, not treatment, so the effect of these activities comes faster.

Where are the


In Russia it is not so difficult to find institutions where animal therapy is practiced. Of course, most of these organizations are concentrated in large cities. Kanistherapy is especially common there. But there are small settlements where people from all over the country come to take a course of treatment with animals. For example, in Evpatoria is very well-known organization, where help is provided by dolphins. And in Obninsk the center of canistherapy functions.


Negative reviews about therapies can be heard rarely. Specialists say that parents often wait for miracles for their children to communicate with animals for a short time. They abandon their studies, disappointed, but to get results, you need to undergo a whole course of treatment, and maybe not one. It is this impatience that causes negative feedback.

But basically the reaction to the exercises with the help of pet-therapy is positive. Animals give positive emotions to children and adults, they really help and help in the fight against illnesses.

About why animalotherapy is so useful for children and has a lot of positive feedback, you can find out in the next video.