The Powerful Healing Benefits of Pet Ownership
Why do we smile at a puppy, coo at a kitten, tell our work problems to our faithful dog and kiss our chatty bird? The universal answer is that we love them, but that love can take various forms ranging from feeding our pup extra treats or purchasing special bedding for our purring pal. However, our relationship with our treasured pets carries benefits that go well beyond the surface. According to the C.D.C. (United States Center for Disease Control), pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. Even more positive, they can add a positive glow to our lives by providing opportunities for exercise, especially when outdoors, and opportunities for socialization. Everyone knows a playful dog or a snuggling cat is hard to resist and will attract people like a magnet. In addition, activities with pets, whether play at a dog park, a dog training class or a cat show, draw in other pet lovers making connections with each other. We pet owners speak the same language and the over-the-top dog coat on a petite Yorkie will bring a smile even to the owner of a 150 pound Rottweiler.
In a recent study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), some interesting information about pet owner-pet relationships was revealed. Dr. Douglas Aspros, President of AVMA, noted “It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer. Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological and physical health benefits to their owners. Unfortunately, despite these positive trends, people aren’t bringing their pets into the veterinarian as often as they should. That trend is worrisome, not only in terms of the pet’s health but in terms of public health. Families, no matter what size, need to bring their pets into the veterinarian – at least once a year – to maintain optimal health.” The study cited that divorced, widowed and separated people showed an increase in pet ownership from 51 percent in 2006 to 60 percent in 2011. Pet ownership was up especially among people who were divorced, widowed or separated and single men in particular also showed a significant increase. It’s noteworthy that single individuals seem to have caught on to the phenomenon of the human-animal bond and all the benefits it brings to life.
Which pet is #1 in the hearts of their owners? The study indicated that 67 percent of dog owners considered their dog a member of their family, an increase of 13 percent from 2006. Coming up a very close #2, cats fared almost as well in the hearts of their owners: 56 percent of them considered their cat a member of their family, a 7 percent increase from 2006. Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyist Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organization advocating for cats, said “We’re happy to see that people are growing more attached to cats, because cats are great pets that add so much to our lives. Unfortunately, the affection that we feel for our cats, and the affection that they give us back, isn’t being reflected in the amount of veterinary care that cats receive. The AVMA survey shows us that while we love our cats more, we’re growing much less likely to take them into the veterinarian for regular care. Cat owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian – at least once a year – to maintain optimal health.”
Our wish for our clients is that they will continue to reap the benefits of the human-animal bond for many years with each of their pets; and that they’ll entrust us with their pets’ care to for the best chance to live long, healthy lives.
Credits: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health_benefits.htm; www.avma.org/ 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership Demographics and Sourcebook
10 SIGNS YOUR DOG IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
It’s not that having a human BFF is a bad thing, it’s just that your dog makes it very clear, every second of the day, that you matter more to him than anyone else in the world.
And we are not saying you are needy either. Your dog is in awe of you. You feed his soul with food, walks, sleep, and play. If he could build you a shrine, he would.
But just in case you’re still on the fence about whether your dog, or that friend you’ve had since you were five, is your true bestie, see how they each stack up against the 10 things my dog does to prove his devotion.
KEEP YOUR PET’S POWERFUL HEALING BENEFITS CLOSE BY WITH A
A pet’s love and affection is like no other. Pets keep us company, they teach us about life, they help us learn, they protect us, they help us heal, and they love us unconditionally. The bond that is created between a pet and it’s owner is like no other and it would be extremely unfortunate to break that bond due to a lost pet.
One in every three pets goes missing during their lifetime and without proper identification. 90% of these pets never return home. A microchip for your pet however, creates a forever bond between you and your pet that can never be broken.
A HomeAgain microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with a permanent identification system that can never be removed or become impossible to read.
National Pet ID Week is April 19th—April 25th
In honor of National Pet ID Week, we will be microchipping all pets for free.
Help us create bonds of a lifetime by scheduling your pet’s appointment today!
All implantation and microchip fees will be free of charge.
Owner will be responsible for the enrollment fee.