The pet effect
Pet ownership may have implications for the healthcare system and public expenditure, as improved health and wellbeing associated with pet ownership has been found to reduce the use of healthcare services. Although most studies report small to moderate improvements, several studies failed to report any relationship between pet ownership and health. 18 In reality, benefits gained are highly dependent on the time and/or quality of the attachment or bond with the pet.19-20 Therefore, any health related benefits are most likely gained by the direct carer of the pet, rather than other members of the household. Examples of the health related benefits of pet ownership are shown in Table 1. Health related benefits of companion animal ownership Health benefitBenefits to ownersPatients most affectedPhysical health Cardiovascular health34-37 Pets can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure Pet owners show improved recovery rates from heart surgery. For example: a typical scenario facing older pet owners who are no longer competent to live independently in the community, is the trauma of losing their home and their pet because many aged care facilities prohibit pets ‘for health reasons’.
Care35,36 High attachment to a pet may result in a reluctance to prioritise health interests if it conflicts with the human-pet relationship. Pets obtained from a shelter or pet foster programs are de-sexed and vaccinated. Even though 53% of people without a household pet would like to own one in the future,32 there are many reasons why pet ownership is not possible, including lifestyle factors and financial constraints. McNicholas J, Gilbey A, Rennie A, Ahmedzai S, Dono JA, Ormerod E. Pet ownership and human health: a brief review of evidence and issues.
Stallones L, Marx MB, Garrity TF, Johnson TP. Pet ownership and attachment in relation to the health of U. S. adults, 21 to 64 years of age. Duvall Antonacopoulos NM, Pychyl TA.
An examination of the potential role of pet ownership, human social support and pet attachment in the psychological health of individuals living alone.
Healthy Pet Center
Under the guidance and leadership of advanced aquarists Matt Buckley and Jessica Terpening, the Healthy Pet Center’s fish department has been transformed from a small section of the original store into the premier saltwater and freshwater aquatics display you see in Latham today. Matt and Jess’s unparalleled knowledge, experience, and customer service skills have earned them a loyal following, and continue to impress new hobbyists who visit the store each day. With 3500 gallons of saltwater sales systems, and 2000 gallons of freshwater systems, The Healthy Pet Center has the largest selections and widest variety of marine fish, invertebrates, corals, live rock, freshwater fish and aquatic plants in the area. Healthy Pet has developed a strong reputation in the local fish and reef community as having healthy and pest free animals. With our focus on customer service and proper compatibility, we are proud to say feedback from our customers is always very positive.
We take the time to ask the necessary questions about hobbyists’ systems, and, the result is a more successful and gratifying experience for our customers. Here at The Healthy Pet Center, we are constantly researching and testing the latest equipment and husbandry techniques. We carry a very wide variety of equipment and supplies for the beginner freshwater hobbyist to the most advanced and tech savvy reef aquarist. Healthy Pet Center has the most comprehensive selection of the latest and greatest equipment in the Industry with the vast majority in use and on display for our customers to check out. We will not and do not sell equipment or products we would not use on our store systems or our own home aquariums.
The Healthy Pet Center values feedback from our customers about new products and uses this information, in addition to hands on experience and product reviews and ratings, to guide and expand our constantly evolving product line. We do our best to support companies that carry MAC certified fish and purchase tank bred, farm raised, Mari cultured, or propagated animals whenever possible.
Animal Health, and Holistic Care
It provides evidence of lifesaving biological pre-programming of animals and perhaps some evidence in support of animal culture. There is so much that can be done for an animal, bird, or reptile that is ailing by utilizing homeopathic medicine. Native remedies have been shown to achieve more immediate, more complete and longer lasting fitness, vitality, quality and longevity of animal lives. The Australian government in late May ordered an immediate stop to sterilizing cat food via irradiation after reviewing scientific studies pointing to food irradiation as the culprit behind illnesses characterized by ataxia or paralysis of the limbs The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also allows animal feed, including pet food and treats, to be irradiated.
Animals Stop Eating When Sick or Injured A powerful animal healing practice. These animals will, when wounded or sick, persistently refuse the most tempting food when offered to them. Persistently refuses food, or day after day consumes much less than normally, there is something wrong with that animal. In her marvelous book, ‘Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them’ Cindy Engles, Ph.D documents how injured and sick animals retreat in an isolated place to rest and fast until healed. If an animal keeps eating, any iron in its food also feeds the pathogens, so force-feeding a sick animal or patient can be counterproductive.
Preventing and healing animal cancer, arthritis, and other disease; improving temperament and behavioral problems, digestive disorders, skin disorders, bone and joint disorders and more with naturally occurring nutritional supplements. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, heart and other ill conditions. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and were free of degenerative disease.