Pets: medicine, four paws to the physical and mental health – The Opinion

Experts described some of the benefits that bring the members of the four-legged family

When Friday came to the house of Estela Hernandez, she put the cry in heaven because he knew that sooner or later would be in charge of taking care of the puppy and not his son, who adopted him after the desire to experience having a pet.

And said and done, so it was! A few months of having adopted the canine, for labour issues, the son of Estela moved to California and she stayed with Friday without knowing that it will become your best company and up to one of the medicines to overcome health problems (anxiety, depression, breast cancer, osteoarthritis, and diabetes) that he has faced in the last few decades.

“I never imagined that these little animals will give a so much love and company,” Hernandez says, referring fondly to Friday, who as of old he died a couple of years ago, leaving in it a great vacuum and the need to adopt a puppy that today is already a canine adult that gives joy to their days and forces her to leave the house and be a person of the third age, very active.

The history of Hernandez is not unique. It’s just an example of what you shed the scientific research on the benefits that you have a pet in the physical and emotional health of all members of the families that care for them.

For example, a study conducted in July 2014 by Dr. Jeremy Barron, medical director of the Center Beacham of Geriatric Medicine of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, ensures that between the human and the care of an animal there is a connection proven that provides a variety of health benefits.

“If you’re not ready for a furry friend to full-time in your house you can offer to walk the dog of a neighbor, to care for the cat of a friend, or donate your time to any animal shelter of your locality, even interactions short provide some of these benefits,” says Dr. Barron, based in Baltimore, Maryland.

The benefits

It is worth remembering the many benefits associated with having a pet, which is in agreement with the results of the study by Dr. Barron are the following:

1. Reduces stress

According to the research, the simple act of petting a dog decreases the stress hormone called cortisol, while the social interaction between people and their dogs actually raises levels of the hormone of well-being called oxytocin that binds mothers and their children.

In fact, 84% of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder that provided them with a dog trained reported a significant reduction in their symptoms and a 40% were able to reduce their medications, according to a recent survey.

2. Low blood pressure

The benefits of lower cortisol and increase oxytocin the cuddle a puppy can also help keep blood pressure at bay. “Petting and holding an animal allows you to appreciate the beauty of nature,” says Dr. Barron. “It is relaxing and transcendental.”

3. Increased physical activity

“How many people are willing to go out at dawn and do exercise in the rain or the snow?”, question the doctor. “Dog owners often have no other option than to take out to walk their pets, thereby giving them the excuse everyday to perform their daily dose of exercise,” says the specialist.

4. Promotes heart health

According to highlights Dr. Barron, the American Heart Association published an investigative report, which ensures that you have a dog as a pet is a way to prevent cardiovascular disease.

5. Relieves depression and the feeling of loneliness

A 2011 study found that pet owners had better self-esteem. Another study found that pets providing greater social support than humans in the mitigation of the depression.

“Caring for a pet provides a sense of purpose or purpose [in life] to the owner,” says Barron. In addition, pets are a good catalyst for a social to meet people who share their interests on animals.

6. Helps to overcome certain clinical problems

Beyond the simple company, the dogs have been helpers that are great for the blind or those with mobility problems. Have even been used to help detect health conditions, from seizures to cancer.

Other advantages

Erin Askeland, trainer, and expert in behavior at Camp Bow Wow (franchise’s largest pet care in the united States), described by its part other benefits related to the care of pets, especially in the age of puppies:

  • Development of confidence in children. Having a dog in the home can help in the development of children with self-confidence by learning how to handle anxiety and stress. For example, children who have difficult reading or math can gain confidence in themselves to read aloud or to recite the multiplication tables to their dogs.
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The pets you are helping to build the security and esteem in the children./Shutterstok
  • Perfect excuse to exercise and play. The play and exercise with the dog, in addition to providing mental stimulation, it helps the creativity and relieves stress.
  • Structuring a routine. A daily schedule is structured reduces the stress on any individual, so having a dog that depends on one in specific times of the day for the food or the walk required to evacuate their bodily waste can help to establish a routine.

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