Over the past few years, science has finally figured out what pet owners have known for millennia — people with pets are healthier and happier. Seeing eye dogs have been joined by animals who provide dozens of therapies from simple companionship to diabetic episode detection and more. Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital provides a full range of medical services for your therapy friends.
Among the many positives associated with pet ownership, as studies have now shown:
- Living with animals lowers blood pressure.
- Increases cardiovascular health.
- Inspires more frequent exercise (from walking dogs to herding cats).
- Provides companionship which decreases feelings of solitude.
- Provides the physical contact which is fundamental to being human.
- They even encourage more sociable interactions with others and they make us laugh.
One researcher noted that pets live in the moment, so we have to live in the moment with them. Much of life’s stress results from fears about the future, and pet relationships help keep us grounded.
It’s a Cliché Because it’s True
A full 95 percent of all pet owners consider their pets a member of the family. Pet owners refer the them as “children” and themselves as “parents”, they get birthday and Christmas presents, they’ve even been benefactors in some very large wills. Hospitals, where animals were (just a few years ago) an absolute no-no, now welcome animals of many types because healthcare professionals recognize that, as good as stuffed animals are, the real thing is even better.
Non-Pet Animal Therapy
In one study, rabbits and turtles were given to a group of stressed-out adults, while others got toys. Stroking a live animal, even one not noted for being a warm-fuzzy time, relieved anxiety. Even crickets have been shown to provide relief from stress — celebrating life makes life better. Horses have actually been involved in therapy in Europe for over 150 years. Riding, obviously, is great fun but grooming and even leading horses ’round the pen clearly reduce PTSD symptoms in youngsters. When fish tanks were placed in Alzheimer facility dining rooms, patients ate better, paced less and were less lethargic. Guinea pigs have become popular therapy aides for with problems socializing — Autistic students with a guinea pig in their classroom were more social, laughed more, and showed less stress.
Your Animal Experts
At Nor Cal Vet, we’re changing the way people think about veterinary emergency and specialty care. We offer 24/7 emergency care and specialty procedures by appointment in our Daly City, California, facility. Call or email us and we’ll take care of your best friend!