Health Benefits of Owning a Pet
Do you own a pet? A dog, a cat, a bird, a horse, a mouse? The list could go on and on. Some prefer a life style without pets. But there are many health benefits of owning a pet.
I found this on WebMD:
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“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals” — whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals — will have less risk of allergies and asthma, he tells WebMD.
Dogs are great for making love connections. Forget Internet matchmaking — a dog is a natural conversation starter.
Dogs for the Aged
“Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
“Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog,” says Hart.
Walking a dog or just caring for a pet — for elderly people who are able — can provide exercise and companionship. One insurance company, Midland Life Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, asks clients over age 75 if they have a pet as part of their medical screening — which often helps tip the scales in their favor.
Good for Mind and Soul
In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets.
People in stress mode get into a “state of dis-ease,” in which harmful chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine can negatively affect the immune system, says Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and author of Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health.
Studies show a link between these chemicals and plaque buildup in arteries, the red flag for heart disease, says Justice.
Like any enjoyable activity, playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine — nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties, he tells WebMD.
Good for the Heart
Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners, researchers say.
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My current pet:
I have a pet parakeet named Tweety. I inherited him from my mother. Pictures below are: 1. Tweety, 2. My mother and Tweety, 3. A very bad selfie of Tweety and me.
Tweety is quite a character. He gives me kisses on my nose with his beak. He loves to talk to himself in mirrors. He likes to watch videos of himself; and comes flying over when you get out the cell phone. He likes to take a shower at the kitchen sink and expects me to sprinkle water on him. He likes to make intricate designs on the edges of paper, magazines, catalogs, etc. with his beak.
And he and my great granddaughter just love each other. They have a connection. She gets excited and waves her arms around when she sees him. Sometimes he sits on her head. He never lands on my head.
Dogs detecting cancer?
I have heard that some dogs seem to be able to detect and warn against cancer. I have a friend who had breast cancer. She said her dog would always sit on that side and nudge or paw at the affected breast before she even knew she had cancer.
Animals saving people?
There have been many stories where pets have saved their owners lives. I found this video on YouTube.
Nursing Homes and assisted living facilities recognize the connection
between health in the elderly, and being able to connect with pets. Some have a resident cat; or have cages with birds in. They encourage people to bring friendly dogs in to interact with residents. The residents look forward to the visits and enjoy the interaction. The dogs love it too. If you have a calm, friendly dog; you might want to consider contacting a nearby facility to see if you and your furry friend can provide this service.
There are advantages and disadvantages to owning pets. You must weigh them for yourself; taking into consideration your current situation. If you do decide to get a pet; be sure that you are in a position to take care of it properly. Choose your pet carefully to fit your lifestyle, living arrangements, and level of care required. Research the care of the pet you choose, so that you will understand the commitment, and be better able to decide if the pet is a good match for you.
For me, the work and responsibility required for most pets, fades in comparison to all the benefits of owning a pet; but it still is dependent on what life style I have at the moment. Use common sense and think it through thoroughly, before choosing the pet that is right for you and your family. Then, when you have made an informed choice; enjoy your furry and feathered friends and the benefits to health they provide.
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