The human animal bond is a very powerful thing! We hear about the benefits to humans who own pets all the time. I know my mom says her overall health and well being is enriched by having pets. We are snugglers at our house, so there is lots of that bonding thing going on!
It is often said humans hug their dogs too much, and dogs don’t like hugs. This may be true for some dogs, but Bailie and I have been initiating hugs our entire lives. Katie doesn’t give hugs, but she does nestle in when hugged by Mom. So what are some of the benefits of the human animal bond for humans? Below is a real short list of some top benefits:
- Decreased blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreased recovery time after a heart attack
- Increased exercise having a fitness buddy which results in maintaining a healthy weight
- Decreases in depression having a companion depending on you, as well as keeping loneliness at bay
- Decreases in allergies in children with pets
- Seizure, diabetic and other detection dogs help ill people feel safe
Now we know the humans benefit a lot from having pets, but what about the pets? Sure pets get room and board, but are there any other positive effects? Humans always think their pets love and need them. They like to think they can comfort pets in anxiety situations, but are those thoughts a reality? Recently, Katie was back at the vet for a heart check. You may recall, she has been diagnosed with a tumor in her heart which is causing a rapid, AFib like heart rate. She is taking medication to help regulate her heart and it is important to check to see if it is working or not.
The vet tech put the device to measure blood pressure and heart rate on Katie’s wrist and started to get the first reading. The vet tech was a bit shocked and asked what Katie’s normal rate was as her heart rate was about double a normal rate. Mom thought for a second and said, “let me lie on the mat on the floor with Katie for a minute and let’s see if that helps”. Mom did just that, and the second reading, just a couple minutes later, was down to normal. They took readings six more times over about a ten minute time period, and all were completely normal. For us, this is proof, the human animal bond is a two way street. Not only does it benefit the human, it does in fact do the same for dogs, at least as far as cardiovascular health goes. It was amazing for Mom to experience, and it really made her feel so happy to know a snuggle or hug has such a positive effect on us pets as well as on her!
Do yourself and your pet a favor, snuggle and/or hug several times a day…at least! The human animal bond is a wonderful thing, make sure and take advantage of it! Have you experienced any miracle examples of your pets helping your health, or you helping your pet’s health? It truly is amazing!
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