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Pets Can Improve Your Health

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It only requires a few moments with your pet in order to decrease your level of stress. As human beings, our bodies undergo a physical change during the time we spend with our pets. When spending time with your pet, a hormone in your body called cortisol, and is associated with stress, is lowered and the production of a chemical called serotonin in your body that is associated with well-being is increased.

Pets offer an unconditional love is well-known for helping thus who suffer from depression. Hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in behavior after interacting with pets; many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time.

Keep blood pressure in check

Although it is still a good idea to eat right and stay fit, studies show that pets can help you to manage your blood pressure. In one study of 240 married couples, pet owners had lower blood pressure compared to the couples that were not pet owners. Others studies show that children with hypertension lowered their blood pressure while petting and playing with their dog. Doctors found that stress induced blood pressure continued to rise in those that did not own pets. Someone who lives a very stressful live may want to consider adopting a pet to reduce the wear and tear on their body oftentimes caused by stress, and or, depression.Pets Can Improve Your Health

Dogs and cats good for the heart

Research has shown that the long-term benefits of owning a dog, or cat, include a healthier heart. Over 20 years of study has shown that people who never owned a cat or dog are 40% more likely to die of a heart attack compared to the ones that had. Studies also show that 20 minutes of interaction with a dog can increase oxytocin levels by around 20%. Oxytocin is known as a cardio protective hormone which helps to protect the cardio vascular system from damage. In men who have previously experienced a heart attack, the chances of a second heart attack for those who own a dog is 400% lower than for those who do not own a dog; a statistic that has moved many cardiologists to write ‘get a dog’ into their prescriptions.Pets Can Improve Your Health

Better physical fitness

Those whom are owners of dogs tend to be more physically fit and less obese than those whom do not own a dog. Taking your dog for a daily, 30 minute walk (or two 15 minutes walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon) will keep you active and ensure that you are meeting minimum requirements for healthy physical activity. Studies show that dog owners are more likely to reach their physical goals than those without canine companions. If you exercise with your pet, you will both benefit; therefore, newly trending nationwide are yoga classes for dogs, and their owners, called doga.

Help alarm people with diabetes

For those whom suffer from diabetes, a sudden drop in the blood glucose level can be very dangerous. Some dogs are trained to alert their owner of a sudden drop before it happens. These dogs are responding to chemical changes in the body that may give off a scent. This alarm gives the owner time to go grab a snack and avoid a potential life-threatening situation. These dog’s accuracy, and speed, can beat medical devices such as glucose meters and continuous glucose monitors; with an acute sense of smell, these dogs are able to react to a scent that researchers have yet to identify.

Seizure dogs  

A seizure dog is one that is specially trained to live, and work alongside, those who have epilepsy. Most of these dogs are trained to bark, and alert, the parents of child if/when their child is having a seizure in another room, or outside. Some dogs are trained to lie next to the person having a seizure in order to aid in prevention.  By lay down, the epileptic owner of the dog is able to put themselves in a safe position before a seizure; therefore, decreasing the chances of harming oneself from a fall.

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