History Of Animal Therapy
The history of animals used in therapy and recovery goes back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. Some believe it goes even further back to the ancient Greeks, who would specifically use horses as a means of lifting the spirits of the severely ill. Whether it was the Belgians of the Medieval era or the Greeks of antiquity, the actual research into this form of therapy first began in the 1800s.
As Florence Nightingale once said, “A small pet animal is often an excellent companion for the sick.” Dr. Sigmund Freud even experimented with animal therapy with his pooch. Hopefully, he kept his animal experimentation to therapy… Either way, this is the long and storied history of animals lifting the spirits of their human counterparts.