Pet is Good for Your Health- And I thought They Give Happiness Only!

Monday, December 28, 2009

If somebody asks me, "Do pets do you any good?". I would say that they make me happy always! But do you guys know that they give you more than just happiness? Medicinenet.com tells us in many ways pets can do us good. Lots of good. I would never have imagined!

Watching fishes swim, or being with a dog or a cat for 15-30 minutes will reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and serotonin, an important chemical associated with the feeling-good feeling, will be increased!

pets are good for health

Pets lower your blood pressure. A study proved that pet owners have lower blood pressure and lower heart rates than people who do not own a pet, during rest or under stress test.



pets are good for health

Researchers have noted lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people who have pets than those who don't. But this result can be due to the lifestyle factors of pet owners, like, dogs or cats, we walk them, play with them a lot, wash after them, groom them..those are excercise to me!

pets are good for health

Pet owners have a lower risk of dying from any cardiac disease, including heart failure. Research has shown the long-term benefits of owning a cat includes protection for your heart. Over 20 years of one study, people who never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had. Another study showed that dog owners had a significantly better survival rate one year after a heart attack. .

pets are good for health

People who own dogs tend to be more physically active and less obese than people who don't. Walking your dog strengthens your bones and the muscles around them, thus may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Secara tidak langsung, they are your exercise buddy! While you're at it, pets can get you to communicate with other pet ownder, thus making you social connections bigger and wider!

pets are good for health

Researchers aren't sure why, but cat owners have fewer strokes than people who don't own any. Miaoooo for cat owners! And me!

pets are good for health

You'll get fewer allergies and more immunity to allergens than other people. Researchers have noted that when children grow up in a home with a dog or cat (even farms with animals) they are less likely to develop allergies. In addition, higher levels of certain immune system chemicals indicate a stronger immune system activation, which will help keep them healthy as they get older.

pets are good for health

It's known that babies shouldn't be around with cats for fear of asthma later on. Researchers found the exact opposite! Children were significantly less likely to develop asthma as they got older. But note this, children whose mothers have cat allergies are x3 more likely to get asthma after early exposure to cats. So beware on this one moms!

pets are good for health

Kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can benefit from working with and keeping a pet. Taking charge of the tasks on a pet care schedule helps a child learn to plan and be responsible. And because the bond between a pet and a child is unconditional love, pets help children with ADHD learn about self-esteem.

pets are good for health

Sensory issues are common among children with autism. Sensory integration activities are designed to help them adjust. They typically find it calming to work with animals. Dogs and horses have both sometimes been incorporated into these activities.

pets are good for health

If you have arthritis,it can be hard to know when you're stretching enough. An article in Arthritis Today advises cat owners to watch how many times your feline stretches every day, and when she does, you do it too. On the other hand, if your pet has arthritis, you can use the effort to manage his to help manage yours. It's like following what you're doing for your dog on it's arthritis like making appointments, exercise, keeping your medicine in the same place you keep your dog's.

pets are good for health

People with rheumatoid arthritis derive benefit from movements like walking and throwing a Frisbee with their pet, helping them to take their thoughts off their own condition.

pets are good for health

Some rehab programs for stroke patients use horses to help facilitate recovery. At places like Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center California, clients who have had strokes start riding with side walkers and someone leading the horse. Horseback riding provides stretching exercise, which is especially good if one side has been made weaker and helps regain balance and build core strength.

pets are good for health

Xolo, a Mexican hairless dog, is known for generating intense body heat. An organization called Paws for Comfort trains Xolos to serve people with Fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain that gets relief from heat. People get relief just by placing their limbs against the dog's body or lying next to it. Some dogs have even been trained to wrap around the neck of a person with chronic neck pain.

pets are good for health

People who have epilepsy will find seizure dogs helpful. These dogs are especially trained to live and work with epilepsy people- bark and alert the parents when a child is having a seizure outside or in another room. Some lie next to a person having a seizure to prevent injury (see below). And some work has been done training dogs to warn before a seizure occurs! This gives the person time to lie down or move away from a dangerous place such as a hot stove. How awesome overseas people are!

pets are good for health

Visits from therapy dogs help patients recovering from devastating illness or an event such as a stroke. Some dogs are trained to understand a range of commands which lets them help people with aphasia (a language disorder common in older adults, particularly those who've had a stroke) feel good when they see the dog understands them, get petted and just be for them.

pets are good for health

People with Alzheimer's will have fewer anxious outbursts. The animal also helps the caregivers feel less burdened. Cats seem to be particularly helpful since they require less care than dogs. =3 Mew?

pets are good for health



Pets are trained to be such great helps! See below for more details!

For people with diabetes, a sudden drop in the level of blood glucose can be dangerous. Dogs can alert their owner about it before it happens -they respond to chemical changes in the body that give off a scent. The alarm gives the owner time to consume food or drink to avoid it. Dogs for Diabetics is a non-profit organization that trains dogs for this purpose.

pets are good for health

Some mental health therapists use a dog in their therapy sessions. Presence of a dog may help someone be more at ease but that's not all. A remark to or about the dog may reveal what's really on a patient's mind. (Story) One therapist tells about a couple in his office who started bickering. The dog, which was sleeping during the session, got up and wanted out. The therapist used that to help the couple see how their fighting affected others (like the dog), especially their children.

Therapists have been known to prescribe a pet as a way of dealing with and recovering from depression. People with AIDS are less likely to be depressed if they own a pet, especially if they're strongly attached.

Cats and dogs both get cancer, and both benefit from research on human cancer. But more and more the opposite is also true. Humans are benefiting from research on their cancers. Dogs and cats can get the same kinds of cancers humans do.

Specially trained dogs can perform tasks that let people with Parkinson's disease maintain their independence (not getting help from another human being =D). These dogs can pick up items, provide balance support, open and close doors and turn lights on with their paws. They can also sense when someone with Parkinson's is "freezing" and touch the foot to let the person keep walking. Groups like the Delta Society can help you find a good service dog!

Children with hypertension gets their blood pressure lowered while petting their dog.







Shine on,
Del

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