Peter Webberburn asks in his blog in the Telegraph ‘Should pets be available on prescription?’
An increasing amount of research suggests that owning a pet brings a great deal of benefits to the psychological health of humans. Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’ was inspired by a young boy who no longer suffered from a stutter when in the company of a horse – which has of course been made into a movie, directed by Stephen Spielberg.
Animals are used in a variety of therapies for both children and adults, again suggesting that pets play a massive role in both our physical and psychological health. However, not all relationships between animals and humans are always positive. Dolphin-Assisted Therapy (DAT) for example is increasing in popularity, however is not backed by any significant or well-designed research evidence.
As animals owners will know, pet ownership brings a great sense of pride and happiness as well as being a much-needed source of comfort during personal challenging situations. With animals becoming a more widespread use in therapeutic conditions, isn’t it time that we looked to offer pets on prescription?