Karen van der Berg
A loving interaction exists between humans and their pets. It has been proven time and again that this interaction makes a positive contribution to one’s life and circumstances.
Psychiatrists, doctors, social workers and even personnel at retirement homes recommend that the elderly, molested children and people with disabilities keep pets as they have an important effect on one’s physical and mental health. A connection to animals can sometimes help children with intellectual, physical or mental disabilities to communicate and learn better.
Research indicates that pets are not only good for lifting one’s mood. To keep pets also has many health benefits.
Dogs decrease your risk of asthma
Recent research by the University of Uppsala in Sweden indicates that children who grow up with dogs have a health advantage. According to this research, babies who are exposed to a dog during their first year, run ‘n 13% lower risk of contracting asthma later in their childhood than those without four-footed friends. The researchers analysed data of more than one million Swedish children. They found that exposure to farm animals decreases the danger of asthma in children by 52%.
Pets also come to the rescue with these diseases
- Researchers do not know exactly why, but your risk of a stroke decreases if you have a cat. This is partially due to the positive effect a pet can have on your blood pressure. Experts speculate that cats might have a more calming effect on you than other pets. It might also have something to do with the personality of “cat people”. Cats often become your focus of interest that distracts your attention from your worries.
- Animals can decrease tension and cheer up their owners. A pet can help someone with mild depression to feel better, especially when the person also receives treatment. One of the reasons for this is that a bit of responsibility, the extra activity and the routine that a pet demands, also make the owner feel better.
- Research shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease are less anxious in the presence of a pet. At the same time their care-givers feel less burdened, especially if the animal is a cat. (This might be because a cat requires less care). People with this disease often also do not eat properly. If there is an aquarium, the restless sit still for longer, while the listless suddenly show more interest in their surroundings. In both cases it improves their appetite.
Now might be a good time to acquire that pet.
Additional source: www.medicinenet.com and www.huffingtonpost.com