Caregivers, physicians and patients are often assisted by animal therapists. One type of animal therapy that has received increased attention in recent years is the use of goats in nursing facilities. The use of goats as therapy animals has proven to be particularly effective, as they can provide patients with a sense of security and safety.
The nature of goats
Goats are social, friendly and curious. Their nature makes them easier to relate to than other animals. These traits have made goats popular pets that can also be incorporated into animal therapy.
The positive effect on patients
Goats have a calming and stress-reducing effect on humans. Romanian veterinarian Luminita Sarbu has shown that using goats with geriatric patients has a positive effect on their physical and mental health. Contact with goats reduced anxiety and aggression, improved mood, and helped alleviate geriatric depression.
The use of goats as therapy animals is a promising approach that offers many benefits for patients, caregivers and physicians alike. When the goat is turned into the doc, it can create a win-win situation for everyone involved.
The smart goats earned respect
Goats are among the most intelligent animals on the farm and their abilities are often underestimated. Most people associate them with being stubborn and clumsy. In fact, however, goats can handle the most difficult tasks and are even capable of solving complex problems.