Pets Can Do A Body and Mind “Good” 5 Easy Tips

by admin on July 31, 2012

I love being around my dogs. I have friends who have the same feeling about their cats, birds and ferrets.  I truly believe that loving your pet, really does a mind and body good.  See what I’ve discovered below.

Here are 5 short tips that show the health benefits of owning a pet.

1. Mental Health:  There are several therapist who are now working with dogs and their patients.  Smart move.  Why? Dogs help alleviate some stressors associated with seeing a therapist. Another good reason therapists have started to use dogs is a patient when talking about a dog might reveal what’s really on their mind.

2. A Natural Anti-Depressant: I always say follow your doctor’s orders.  But having a pet around your home does act as a natural anti- depressant.  When you come home to a smiling face, who is so happy to see you, tails wagging, this actually has a positive effect on  your brain chemistry. This happy feeling, releases endorphins that act as a natural anti-depressant.  Having your loyal friends around your home, reduces depression and loneliness, which in turn increases your quality of life.  I know you have stories here to share with me.

3. Less Heart Attacks: There was a study done by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, that followed more than 4000 cat owners for 10 years.  That’s a lot of folks and cats to follow. Their study showed, that owning a cat dramatically reduced a person’s chances of dying from heart disease. This study data found that people who owned cats were 30 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack.  In my opinion, having something to love reduces the level of stress in your life.

4. Lowers Your Blood Pressure: Walking, running, playing with your pet can lower your blood pressure.  Studies have shown that people with pets tend to have lower blood pressure and decreased stress levels, regardless of the facts that are going on in their lives. Regular exercise and incorporating this with your pet has been shown to lower your blood pressure.

5. Stronger Immunity, Fever Allergies: Researchers have proven that when children grow up around animals, they are less likely to develop allergies. So it’s a great environment to have your children in a home where there might be a cat or dog.  Additionally, these children have developed certain immune system chemicals, which indicates a stronger immune system activation, which will help keep them healthier as they grow older.

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