Benefits of pet therapy introduced to cardiac rehabilitation patients
Contributor(s):: Angela Joy Felker
This study was designed to measure the beneficial effects of a pet therapy program on a population of older adult cardiac rehabilitation patients. It was hypothesized that participants who received an interactive pet therapy session would have lower blood pressure and heart rate prior to and...
Animal-Assisted Therapy: Benefits and Implications for Professionals in the Field of Rehabilitation
Contributor(s):: Amanda M. Mangalavite, Thomas D. Upton (adviser)
The use of animals for therapeutic purposes has been done for centuries. It wasn’t until the 20th century when people began to realize the potential the human-animal interaction had on our overall health. Professionals and organizations began to implement animal-assisted therapy (AAT)...
Pet ownership and health
Contributor(s):: June Mcnicholas
This thesis presents three classes of mechanism that may explain reported associations between pet ownership and health benefits. The first suggests any association is noncausal. Studies 1-3 examine candidate factors to explain both health advantages and likelihood of pet ownership. Type A...
The effect of petting a dog on cardiovascular functioning in humans : an examination of factors related to the human/dog bond
Contributor(s):: Pearson, Val
Using pet support to understand the psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying the social support-reactivity link
Contributor(s):: Campo, Rebecca Ann
Association of pet ownership with eating, exercise, nutritional status, and heart health of seniors
Contributor(s):: Dembicki, Diane Florence