Research indicates that interaction with therapy animals can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain. Oxytocin levels (linked with bonding) and dopamine levels (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased. All of which are very beneficial to the patients. My goats gave me a happy distraction, helped me forget that I was in pain and kept me from feeling depressed. I want to pass along that gift so that my goats can help others!
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