Animal-Assisted Therapy in Palliative Care

Vanessa Quintal, Paulo Reis-Pina

Abstract


There are still many cases where traditional medical care does not provide a realistic solution for patients with devastating diseases so other interventions should be adopted. We present a case report of a 76 year-old woman admitted to a Palliative Care unit due to stage IV colon adenocarcinoma, and we describe the contribution of a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier in her symptom management. Animal-assisted therapy can be of great use in palliative care, contributing to the patients’ pain management, relief from suffering and improvement of quality of life.


Keywords


Animal-Assisted Therapy; Complementary Therapies; Holistic Health; Palliative Care

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