Pet therapy is cheaper than medication and doctor's visits. More importantly, it is more effective. And guess what? Your pet doesn't even have to be a living being. I have seen first hand what a "fake" pet can do with dementia patients. Fake or real - pets have a HUGE positive impact for those suffering from a physical or mental illness.
But here's an interesting perspective. Last night I had a lively discussion with a friend who thought that forcing your pet to provide you therapy is unethical. Huh? What's the harm I said? His argument was that a pet should not have the burden of responsibility to take care of a human being.
What do you think? I would really like to know. Do you think that pet therapy is unethical?