Best medicine for humans? Maybe it’s an alpaca!

Serena the Therapy Alpaca at KWKG

Serena the Therapy Alpaca at KWKG

We’ve heard it before. Owning a pet can provide multiple health benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite lowered blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness among the benefits of pet ownership.

But a growing number of empirical studies are also noting the benefits of the use of a variety of species, including alpacas, in healthcare situations. The use of animals as treatment or therapy has been noted in cases of autism, fibromyalgia, dementia, abuse, palliative care, schizophrenia,occupational therapy and more. Animals also help at-risk youth and academic engagement.

Check out the credo reference page for Animal Assisted Healthcare to get an overview of the topic. You can use the “Related Resources” on the left of the page to search different databases for the topic.

The library also has books on the subject.

Animal Assisted TherapyAnimal Assisted Brief TherapyAnimal Assisted Interventions

You can also search the database, Academic Search Premier, to learn more using terms like “Animal Assisted Therapy” to see more journal articles on the topic.