Statics sometimes do not paint the whole picture but one that comes to mind is pets can make you live longer. An interesting concept put just how true is this statement? Lets dig a little deeper to see how this could possibly work.
Over the last three decades, researchers have documented the physiological benefits that interaction with animals — and dogs in particular — can bring. They have found that petting a friendly dog can slow heart rate, relax muscles and even lower the level of stress hormones in the bloodstream.
“If we put you on Prozac it’ll take six weeks to get the maximal effect; a dog takes two to three minutes,” says Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of The Modern Dog. “That’s good medicine.
My friend’s mom passed a few years back and the doctor told her distinctly that chances are her mom would have lasted longer if she had not been by herself. He told her a pet would have given her something to keep her busy, give her joy and could have even improved her vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate and prevented bouts of depression.
Therapy dogs offer such a wide scope of help from overcoming speech issues to improving emotional and psychological issues. More and more therapy dogs are being sought after from shelters which then becomes a win win situation! Shelters are over crowded with perfect candidates looking for that perfect fit and what better way to save a K9 wanting to belong.
If you have an animal that displays a calm temperament, people loving and want to bring a ray of sunshine to others, look into therapy dogs or cats in your city or town.