GOAT Therapy to the Rescue!!
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!