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7 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet
According to the American Psychological Association, pet owners are just as close to their pets as they are to the most important people in their lives. In addition to companionship, pets can provide owners with numerous other health benefits, both psychological and physical. The following are some of the benefits of owning a pet. Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, stressed out medical students, and anxious children are just a few groups that experience less stress in the presence of a pet. In 2012, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University examined stress levels of employees who brought their dogs to work, employees who left their dogs at home, and employees who didn’t own a pet.
Employees reported a significant increase in stress on days they left their dog at home compared to when they brought their pet to work. Owning pets may also be associated with a lower risk of obesity, lower blood pressure, less stress, and lower cholesterol levels-all of which can have a positive impact on the heart. Researchers suspect growing up with pets strengthens the immune system and helps children build immunity against pet allergens and bacteria. According to a 2011 study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, children who grow up with a cat or dog in the home are less likely to be allergic to them later in life, but only if the pet was present when they were infants. A 2015 study published in the journal, PLoS One found that pet owners were more likely than non-pet owners to meet neighbors they had never met before, supporting previous research that suggests pets serve as ‘ice-breakers.
Interestingly, a 2011 study reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that pet owners shared many of these same characteristics. Compared to non-pet owners, researchers found pet owners to have higher self-esteem, be more extraverted and less lonely, be less preoccupied, and be less fearful of everyday life challenges.
Study Looks Into the Health Benefits of Pets
Anecdotes abound on the benefits of companion animals – whether service and therapy animals or family pets – on human health. Now the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is embarking on an effort to study whether these animals can have a tangible effect on children’s well-being. The national institutes’ interest in this type of research goes back at least two decades. Other sessions confirmed the need for research, but most studies focused on negative interactions, like the ways pets could spread disease, said James A. Griffin, the institute’s deputy chief of child development and behavior.
Reviews of the Waltham research program indicated that larger studies over longer terms with appropriate control groups were needed. When Mars became aware of the institutes’ interest in this type of research, a public-private partnership was established, with the company committing more than $2 million. The National Institute of Nursing is also providing money. Peggy McCardle, chief of the institutes’ child development and behavior branch, said the money from Mars helped jump-start the efforts. People working with animals expect the research to back up their observations.
At Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Southern California dozens of volunteers regularly take their dogs to visit patients. Some patients who have refused to speak will talk to the dogs, she said, and others who have refused to move often reach for the dogs so they can pet them. So the animals become part of the therapeutic program, especially in the areas involving speech and movement.
Dog Health Supplements and Rehabilitation
TopDogHealth is dedicated to providing essential and trusted educational material and animal supplements to maintain the health and happiness of your dog. We provide information and health products to pet owners whose dogs may be undergoing orthopedic surgeries such as TPLO, TTA, CCL, MPL, FHO, THR, or for dogs suffering age-related or genetic joint health issues. Our skin and joint supplements are designed to help your dog look and feel better. Skin supplements work to improve flaky, dry skin while using natural ingredients to make your dog’s coat shine. These supplements can also control excessive shedding and battle underlying skin conditions.
Joint supplements work to maintain healthy connective tissues, strong bones, and normal joint function and joint mobility. Keep your dog active and content by providing a daily supplement that increases health and promotes an active lifestyle for your pet. Aside from supplements, we offer a collection of home rehab guides and instructional videos to assist you in performing therapies and exercises with your dog. Whether you are battling canine hip dysplasia, TPLO, or dog ACL surgery recovery, we understand the stress and fear that can come with bringing home a pet in poor health. Physical therapy for dogs can be challenging, but you can have piece-of-mind knowing there is support available.
Our T.U.S.H. body harness for dogs is designed to aid in the therapy process and provide support during the difficult time of post-surgery. We understand how important your dog’s health is to both you and your pet.