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Pets for People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease ~ Perfect Petzzz Review

Last updated on May 22, 2021

Product: Perfect Petzzz

 

Price:  Varies, depending on Pet

Cheapest/Best Place to Buy: Amazon.com 

Size: 4 inches tall, 12 inches long, 8 inches wide, in reclining position

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10 

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Description 

This small puppy or kitty is a precious breathing and sleeping pet; her tummy moves up and down, and her fur is soft and smooth. She comes with a collar, carrying box, pet bed, brush, and adoption certificate. She is just the right size for someone to hold on a lap or carry in their arms. 

Perfect Petzzz can be brushed, stroked, talked to, and loved. Takes size D batteries.

Why Do Patients Living with Need a Stuffed Pet?

I am a memory care director. Three of my current residents have a Perfect Petzzz puppy or kitten. Their families have purchased pets after seeing first hand the benefits of pet therapy within the community.

Some of the benefits of animal therapy for dementia (1,2) include:

  • Reduced physiological stress. Individuals suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and or limited abilities to walk, see or hear may cope better with health challenges when they have a stuffed pet to care for. Interaction with a pet can release endorphins which help reduce/prevent sleeping issues, depression, anger, restlessness, agitation, aggression, worry, difficulty with concentration and memory, and even making bad decisions. 
  • Reduced isolation and feelings of loneliness. Social bonds are absolutely necessary for physical, mental, emotional, and social health. When individuals with dementia lose the ability, desire, and skills to participate in life they often become isolated and alone (lonely), and live a more sedentary lifestyle. A pet can change this. 
  • Improved nutrition. Research has found increased nutritional intake among long-term care residents who regularly interact with a pet (real or stuffed).
  • Improved awareness, communication, social interaction, and overall quality of life.
  • Pets give and accept love unconditionally.

Our therapy pets are well loved and cared for. My staff talk about the pet when they are assisting with showering and toileting cares. Residents enjoy showing people, especially visiting grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their darling little sleeping pet. 

My Recommendation

I’m a strong advocate of pet therapy, whether it be a real or stuffed pet.

The benefits of pet therapy are well documented (1,2), and as a dementia professional, I have personally witnessed numerous positive experiences between a person living with dementia and their pet. 

I have rated these Perfect Petzzz puppies, kitties and other animals 9.5 out of 10 because: 

  1. Puppy/Kitty/Animal breathes, is soft, cute, and easy to care for–a pro for all residents and caregivers.
  2. The price is affordable and the person with dementia will be entertained and kept busy, feel needed and experience happiness.
  3. You get all the pet therapy benefits without the mess, cost and responsibilities of a real dog or cat.
  4. Puppy/Kitty/Animal eyes are closed–some would prefer their pet to be awake. But sleeping pets seem to have a calming effect.
  5. Look at all the great options you have to choose from!

A great choice for those who want to give pet therapy a try.

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Please leave comments, questions, suggestions, requests, experiences below and I will get back to you shortly.

Ruff-ruff, meow!

Tamara

 

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References

  1. Leng M., Liu P., Zhang P., Hu M., Zhou H., Li G., Yin H., Chen L. (2019). Pet robot intervention for people with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials Psychiatry Research, Volume 271.
  2. Bernabei V., De Ronchi D., La Ferla T., Moretti F., Tonelli L., Ferrari B., Forlani M., Atti A.R. (2013) Animal-assisted interventions for elderly patients affected by dementia or psychiatric disorders: A review.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(6), 762-773.

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