Pet’s are Good For Your Health

27 Oct

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In studying to become a homeopathic practitioner, I am learning a lot about health and wellness, natural cures, and keeping your body in a state of homeostasis – a state of mental and physical balance. Health can further be defined as a state of harmony that exists between the body and its internal and external environment. It is freedom from disease. Disease arises when an imbalance occurs within the internal environment or between the internal and the external environment.

Owning a pet, or simply being around them, can provide a wellness boost. Emotionally, being around animals can decrease depression, stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that pets can also help your health by lowering blood pressure, help keep you physically fit which can potentially help decrease your risk of a heart attack or even a stroke. “If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower,” says Marty Becker, DVM, veterinary consultant for Good Morning America and author, “A lot of it goes back to reducing stress: You might lose your job, your house, your 401(k)—but you’ll never lose the unconditional love of your pet.”

Hospitals and rehabilitation facilities allow pets in as they recognize that patients heal quicker and generally feel better when they are able to be with pets. I had a Great Dane named Pete that I would take into a local nursing home where I used to live. The patient’s loved when Pete came in. One patient in particular, Frank, would light up when he saw Pete coming down the hall. Frank had dementia, but always remembered Pete.

Pets also help people socialize. By taking your dog for a walk, you usually run into other people who are walking their dog or want to stop and pet your dog. I’ve met more people when walking my dogs, and the dog’s love the attention too! “A 1999 Canadian study found that pet owners were more ‘socially engaged’ than non–pet owners. ” In addition, an Austrian study “found that pet ownership led to an increase in social contact, more socialization within neighborhoods [such as neighbors chatting as they walk their dogs], and even a greater perception to observers that the neighborhood seems ‘friendly.'”

Owning pets can also help improve your mood. Isn’t’ it the best feeling when you come home from a long day at work to be greeted at the door by your pet? They are so happy to see you and treat you like a rock star. Because of this mood enhancer, dogs are often used in therapy for wounded veteran’s who suffer from PTSD. Studies have shown that the patients who have pets are able to re-enter society easier.

Studies have shown that when children have pets when they are young their chances of having allergies decreases significantly. Further, children with pets learn responsibility as well as empathy and compassion for another living being.petejack0511

If you do not own a pet, there are other ways you can benefit, like going to your local shelter. Shelters are always looking for volunteers. They love when folks come in to walk the dogs or cuddle with the cats.

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

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With a background in Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, and Natural Health, I can help you to create a holistic wellness plan for your animal companions.  Does your pet have an acute or chronic disease? I use natural curative treatments such as homeopathy, herbs and essential oils.  Have any questions, or to schedule an appointment,  email brenda@rubysnaturals.com

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