The Health Benefits Of Owning A Pet «
Pets are an important part of our lives and can make a difference in our health. In assisted living communities it has been found that pets provide many health benefits. This month, Simply55.com magazine published an interesting article about pet ownership and health. Thought you’d find it a great read. The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet.
Taking care of a furry friend may require your time, money, and energy, but there are payoffs to having a pet in your home. The research shows that having a pet can benefit both your physical and mental well-being. Having a pet may improve your physical health, according to research. A study published in a 1991 edition of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine followed pet owners for a 10-month period after they brought home either a dog or a cat, and a group of individuals without pets served as a control. Both dog and cat owners experienced fewer minor health issues during the first month of having a pet, and dog owners experienced a decrease in health issues for the entire length of the 10-month study.
The relationship between pet ownership and improved health may be a result of physical activity. A study published in 2008 in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health produced similar results, finding that dog owners were more likely than those who did not own dogs to walk for leisure. A study published a year later in the same journal found that dog owners completed significantly more moderate and vigorous physical activity than those who did not own dogs, and they spent less time being sedentary than those without dogs.
Health Certificate to Transport Your Dog or Cat Yourself
If your pet is not traveling to Italy, then you can select the country your pet is traveling to by selecting a pet passport for another country. The instructions will also help to avoid having your pet denied entry, put into quarantine or returned to your country of origin. If your dog, cat or ferret is entering Italy from a rabies-free country or rabies-controlled-country, it will need a 15 digit ISO compliant pet microchip, then a rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to transport*. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO compliant, you should carry a microchip scanner. If your pet is entering Italy from a high-rabies country, it must also have a rabies blood titer test done no sooner than 30 days after vaccination and at least 90 days prior to transport.
If you or your designated representative are not traveling with or within 5 days of your pet, then a commercial EU health certificate will be required. Microchip Scanner – Recommended if your pet’s microchip is not ISO compliant. Completed with your veterinarian, this document will display all your pet’s vaccinations on one sheet for easier customs clearance. If you purchase our instructions and forms prior to 30 days before you travel, please check back with us to make sure there have been no changes in the rules or forms required to take your pet to Italy. Find more information on importing your pet to Italy.
We cannot offer refunds on pet passport packages unless there is a problem with the information or forms provided. Pet Crates – IATA compliant for auto or airline travel.
Selecting Safe Pets
Caring for pets can boost self-esteem, prevent loneliness, and even lower heart rate and blood pressure in some people. Selecting the right pet is a serious decision that family members should make together. Many shelters and pet stores actually don’t allow purchases or adoptions of pets around the holidays because, far too often, animals are returned when families haven’t thought through all of the responsibilities of taking care of the pet. If you’re set on getting a pet for a birthday or the holidays, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests first buying and wrapping some pet supplies as gifts, then selecting the pet as a family. Although the animals your child sees in the woods or parks may be cute to look at, they can be dangerous as pets – they aren’t used to being around people and may carry diseases that can be transmitted to your child.
Just because you can buy a pet from the pet store doesn’t mean it’s safe for homes with kids. If you live in a wooded area, check your pets regularly for ticks. Common domesticated animals that can make good family pets include cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and fish. Teach kids how to handle and pick up pets – to never squeeze them too tight, drop them, fall on them, or pick them up too fast. Teach kids never to pet or try to play with an animal they don’t know, even if it’s someone’s family pet.
Teach kids to wash their hands with soap and water after handling pets. Don’t keep undomesticated animals as house pets.