It’s no secret that pets and other wildlife are a huge part of the aquarium industry.
That includes our own beloved bluegill.
And now, it turns out that aquarium fish therapy is an easy way to make sure your pet is getting the best possible care.
A new study published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science finds that fish therapy, or fish therapy animals, can make a big difference in the quality of your pet’s life, even for animals that aren’t normally able to heal themselves.
The study, which was led by an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, involved 50 fish therapy animal patients who ranged in age from 3 to 80.
They received three treatments from fish therapy; one was fish therapy and one was a control treatment.
One group received fish therapy while the other received a control.
The fish therapy patients were told they would get to see their fish more often and get to interact with the fish more frequently.
They also were told the fish therapy would be “more beneficial for their health and behavior.”
The study found that fish treatment increased the number of fish swimming in the aquarium, improved their overall health and improved their social interaction.
This was also true for other factors such as stress, weight gain, age, and overall health.
The researchers also found that the fish treatment group showed increased energy levels, increased heart rate, reduced muscle tension, decreased anxiety, and decreased pain.
The fish therapy group also had significantly better outcomes compared to the control group, including less chronic inflammation and more joint and muscle function.
The results suggest that fish-therapy fish are a valuable alternative to surgery, antibiotics, or other treatment options for pets with arthritis or other chronic pain, says lead author David DeYoung, a professor of animal welfare at the UIC College of Veterinary Medicine.
“This study was designed to examine whether fish therapy has therapeutic benefits for humans and pets,” he says.
“The results of this study suggest that these benefits may extend to animals as well.
This suggests that fish can provide an alternative to surgeries, surgery-associated infections, or pain medications for patients who are experiencing pain.”
This is an important study because it adds to the growing body of evidence that fish are helpful to humans with arthritis, says DeYoung.
“This is the first study to suggest fish therapy may have therapeutic benefits.”
He says the fish also may help pets get back to normal.
“A large part of our understanding of how to manage arthritis comes from the animals, but the fish are the people who are doing the most to support them,” he explains.
“So if you think that you’re going to have arthritis for the rest of your life, then you need to get help with the animals.
If you want to get back into good shape, then get involved in the care of the animals.”
The fish-Therapy Fish study is a proof of concept study, but it also highlights the fact that fish as well as other animals can benefit from fish therapies, DeYoung says.
This is an interesting and important area of research, he says, because it could help reduce the number and severity of pets suffering from arthritis and other pain conditions.
The research could also be useful in other veterinary disciplines, such as medicine and agriculture.
DeYoung says he and his team are looking for ways to continue to improve the fish-treatment fish so that it can be used in clinical settings and in other settings, such the pet trade, where fish therapy helps reduce the impact of disease.
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Practice Guidelines for Fish Therapy are available for free online at the AVMMA website.