Co-therapist animals as complementary alternatives in the health and human well-being: literature review / Animais co-terapeutas como alternativas complementares na saúde e bem-estar humano: revisão de literatura

Fernanda Gosuen Gonçalves Dias, Lucas de Freitas Pereira, Marina de Andrade Machado, Daniel Kan Honsho, Adoniram Thomaz, Guilherme Barbosa da Costa, Alex Roberto de Oliveira, Cristiane dos Santos Honsho


The main goal of Animal Assisted Therapy (TAA) and of the Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) is to promote organic, behavioral and such sentimental changes in human healthy or patients with different types of deficiencies and diseases, by the aid of animal of different species (co-therapists). Therefore, the importance of the correct selection of the co-therapists (mainly the behavioral factor), as well the periodic health attestation, issued by the veterinary doctor. It is clear that helps to control pain, sleep, appetite, stress, mood and aggression. Faced with the numerous advantages described about this activities in improving the quality of life and survival of patients, the purpose of the present final paper was to conduct a literary review emphasizing the objectives of this therapies as complementary alternatives in human medicine and, nevertheless, highlight the most commonly used animal species, type of selection and care with co-therapists, besides the human patients benefited.


Animal assisted activity. Animal assisted therapy. Health promotion. Multidisciplinary.


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