Friday, January 14, 2011

Health Advantages of Pet Ownership

There are those that question are we humanizing dogs too much?

Expensive outfits, designer collars, organic treats and feed, human grade vegan grooming products…

When this question is in reference to outfitting our pets in pink, frilly dresses or designer matching outfits, I having for the most part shared my life with Dobermans, German Shepherds and other large breed dogs, cute, frilly or matching designer outfits are not my accessory of choice, but an occasional collar charm, a decorative bandanna, some holiday bling are not out of the question, and if the dogs decked out in pinks and frills enjoy some oohs, aahs and extra attention because of it …why not?

When it comes to health care, I do have a strong opinion and that is I feel dogs deserve the best health benefits and treatments that pet owners and science can provide them. Every day their presence in our lives is scientifically proven to provide us with numerous life enhancing and medical benefits. Why would we not want to provide them with the same?

As science begins to recognize not only the long known and accepted emotional advantage of pet interaction but also the documented evidence of how the companionship of our pets lowers our blood pressure which in turn helps to prevent heart disease ,the health and wellness factor of pets is leading to even more proven in-depth benefits to human health care.
According to an article by the editor of Your Dog, American Association of Pet Product Manufactures, Pet interaction can even ultimately lower health care costs. Since stress has now been identified as one of the leading causes behind many diseases and scientific research has proven that pets lower stress levels.

Service dogs that can sense oncoming potentially life threatening medical conditions can alert their human in time to prevent a potentially more costly health crisis. Other studies our showing that autistic children are benefiting from close interaction with specially trained dogs.

So when I hear someone ask,” are we going to far by integrating human grade organic treats , natural chemical free skin care products or holistic health care alternatives into our dog’s lifestyle?” I have to reply, with the many ways in which they enrich our lives, are we going far enough?
All Dogs Big and Small

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