Animal therapy reduces need for pain medication after joint-replacement surgery

Animal therapy reduces need for pain medication after joint-replacement surgery

Patients recovering from total joint replacement who receive -assisted (AAT) require less than those who do not experience this type of therapy.

These data were published in the August/September issue of Anthrozoos by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola University Health System. Anthrozoos is the official journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has been used in a variety of health-care settings to improve quality of life and physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive health for patients.

“The animal-human connection is powerful in reducing stress and in generating a sense of well-being,” said Julia Havey, MSN, RN, CCM, lead author, Loyola University Health System. “This study further demonstrates the positive influence animals can have on human recovery.”

This retrospective study measured the for oral pain medication in patients who were exposed to animal-assisted therapy and those who were not. The groups were similar in age, gender, ethnicity, length of stay and type of total joint replacement. The animal-assisted therapy consisted of daily visits from specially trained dogs for an average of five to 15 minutes. The for oral pain medication was significantly less (28 percent less) in the animal-assisted therapy group (15.32 mg versus 21.16 mg).

“This study offers interesting observations about the healing potential of animals,” said Fran Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, co-author and associate professor and chair, Health Systems, Leadership and Policy Department, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “The efficacy of animal-assisted therapy in decreasing the need for pain medication and its effect on patient well-being surgery deserves further study.”

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    • NOCTURNOzombie
    • August 11, 2014

    Most dogs won’t actually attack.

    • kharlie22
    • August 11, 2014

    Awe, our dog TayMar, 17 months, just looks out the window, very creepily at
    times I might add, to see who you are. Sometimes you don’t even see her,
    she’s big enough to just sit her butt on the floor and sit up and she can
    look out, so all you see is her eyes watching you, lol! She will only
    attack if she senses something is wrong, like a stranger, to her, came to
    the house right before our wedding and was getting me upset, She sensed my
    anger and frustration and went straight into Kujo mode. I had to get myself
    together real quick. She’s good at sensing people’s ways and I guess
    spirits. Some people she tolerates, and makes it known that shes just
    tolerating them by giving attitude, and that they aren’t the boss of her,
    lol!

    • LilMissTravelPants
    • August 11, 2014

    I think a lot of big dogs like that are just a deterrent. Put up a sign and
    you can hear their loud barks and I think that’d scare off most people
    looking to break in.

    • SasukeIsPwnage
    • August 11, 2014

    I’d rather have a dog who just barks than actually bites. What if I’m gone
    and need a friend to go into my house to feed my dog? What if the dog bites
    the second that door opens? That would be a hell of a lot worse than if the
    dog just barks. What robber is going to hear that dog bark and think “Maybe
    he’s not trained to attack.”?

    • Tombs Clawtooth
    • August 11, 2014

    So she doesn’t want a gun in the house? A gun that is an object like any
    other, and will not act on its own. An object that you wield absolute
    control over at all times, and you consciously decide whether to use or
    not. But she is perfectly fine with an “aggressive” dog that she fully
    expects to ruin someone’s day. A dog which has a mind of its own, and
    doesn’t have the reasoning abilities a human does to decide when it’s
    necessary to apply force. A dog that could mistake a friend for an intruder
    and possibly kill them before you have a chance to do anything, resulting
    in a lawsuit or jail time. The education system in the US is a joke if it’s
    consistently turning out people with this poor of reasoning abilities.

    Either she’s mentally handicapped or she refuses to take the responsibility
    of protecting herself and has to place it on an animal.

    • Matt Holmes
    • August 11, 2014

    ok for the moose part.. i think the dog acted fine. you dont want the dog
    to attack the second someone comes it.. what if its a friend or something.
    i think barking for a while and then after the stranger persists and enters
    further in to the home then it is ok to attack.

    • katyrebel18
    • August 11, 2014

    Houston wooo

    • brettvett1 .
    • August 11, 2014

    fat people with guard dogs

    • Wingedwolf
    • August 11, 2014

    Lol if someone came in my house like that, my dog would immediately bit
    them. Lol the UPS man doesn’t even come to our door anymore XD

    • Jason Gallagher
    • August 11, 2014

    Ohhh Please! First of all.. If the Owner goes out of their house and Taps
    on the Window/Door News broadcaster THEY CAN SMELL WHO It is. DUHHH!!!!!
    Its all in how u Train the Dog.

    • Erika Allen
    • August 11, 2014

    Whatever, lady. Moose, you did great in my book.

    • Wizdomtrek
    • August 11, 2014

    Titus Cesar Millan would NOT be pleased (wus) :((

    • IIIIIIIIL
    • August 11, 2014

    Moose can kill a moose.

    • Dreyson Flett
    • August 11, 2014

    Moose was the only one who did the job correctly; He waited for the person
    to come in, analyzed the situation, and once Moose saw how the person was
    acting, he did his job. Apparently Moose was an untrained house dog too.
    German shepherds have natural instincts, and I believe that is what Moose
    was relying on. Not on some training. The owner of Moose clearly doesn’t
    know anything about German Shepherds, because why would she want him to
    attack anyone who approaches their house?

    • Jw4n9
    • August 11, 2014

    My German Shepherd bit 3 people on different occasions (1 might’ve been
    provoked, friend walked into empty garage with dog inside). But still, I
    think German Shepherds have a natural instinct to guard things. My friend
    was just tryin to get a soda. One of those attacks required stitches and we
    almost had to put him down after that incident. I miss my dog, he died at
    14 and he was still an awesome dog.

    • Thomas Miller
    • August 11, 2014

    These dogs did everything right. What robber is going to enter house when
    they hear these dogs barking. This test was bs. These dogs should not
    attack every person who enters the home. Sorry grandma for taking you’re
    arm off?!

    • Kelli Chambers
    • August 11, 2014

    Cane corso I’ve found tend to be more fear biters than anything.

    • Sandy Louise Hickman-Holliday
    • August 11, 2014

    That last lady is a retard! No one needs a dog that is a package of
    dynamite. That Sheppard figured out what he needed to do and did it.
    Instead of just attacking out of fear. She should think twice about what
    she said, she wouldn’t want the dog to just jump on the first person and
    attack if it was a fireman or rescue worker coming in to help her. Her dog
    is smarter than she is.

    • Squatting Bear
    • August 11, 2014

    I hear people say stupid things like ” my dog will let you in but they wont
    let you leave”. If someone enters your home the dog has already failed to
    do its job. Once someone is in your home you can be shot or stabbed. A dog
    should be first used as a deterrent and if someone is hell bent on breaking
    in they mean to do you and the dog harm. No one likes useless people, so
    why have a useless dog ? Personally I feel all three of these dogs failed
    and all three would have been rescue dogs at that point. I have a german
    shep now and if someone walked in my house they better take him too. This
    is also why I have a gun.

    • KingTut
    • August 11, 2014

    Get Rottweilers and Pitbulls and no fool will dare break into your house.

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