Pet Scoop -- Pets Can Help Your Health
Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.
Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:
For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.
Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at June 22, 2012 1:44 AM