Pets and Therapy Animals in the Hospital



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Pets and Therapy Animals in the Hospital

Pet-Therapy helps to relieve the psychological stress of hospitalized children and their parents, but also adults. Interactions with therapy animals are a great help of the hospital for children. An interesting article entitled: The Best Medicine: Personal Pets and Therapy Animals in the Hospital Setting, and published on the Critical care nursing clinics of North America, gives interesting answers on this delicate topic, but which is of great comfort for the little patients (and adults) who they are facing periods in the hospital.

In the abstract below we can read: "Companion animals can have a positive impact on people's health and well-being. Personal pet visitation and animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) can benefit patients' pain, blood pressure, stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as increasing mobility and socialization with staff and families.

Implementing personal pet visitation and/or AAI programs requires the involvement of stakeholders from multiple disciplines. AAI is generally well received by staff. Animal presence in the intensive care unit carries few risks for humans and animals but is not risk free.

Programs should be designed to minimize these risks. Effective planning can create programs that support patient-centered and family-centered care."

African elephant threatened by poaching and habitat loss

African elephant is in danger of disappearing completely, as we can read in a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The elephant population of the savannah has declined by more than 60% in the past 50 years. The continent has just 415,000 elephants who suffer and move in the great plains thus occupying various habitats of sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating their presence in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"90% of the ivory arrives in Nigeria and ends up financing the jihadist rebels Boko Haram. This is a real cross-border fight against organized crime and even against terrorism," explained Lee White, minister of water.

Benson Okita-Ouma of the IUCN said: "These are very marked downturns. these data are launching a first alarm: if we do not reverse the trend, we risk seeing extinction. of these animals. If we don't plan land use properly, these animals will continue to be killed indirectly even if we stop poaching and illegal hunting."

To indicate the right path there are some reserves where, thanks to careful management, the pachyderm population has stabilized or even grown. This is the case of the elephants that live in the protected areas of Gabon and the Republic of Congo or the elephants of the savannah that live in the Kavango-Zambezi transfrontier conservation area, spread over the territory of five different countries.