What is a cardiac care dog, and why should humans have one if they are recovering from cardiac issues? We are going to explain how beneficial we can be in a healthy recovery from events of the heart.
7 Reasons To Have A Cardiac Care Dog, Or Three
1. Dogs Provide Love Without Boundaries
Your dog will provide you with unconditional love 24/7. We know when you are feeling down and we are there to pick you up. Hugs and kisses are part of our day with our human and we love to love on our human. There is no such thing as too much loving if you ask your dog!
2. Need A Reason To Live, Get A Dog
Some people get depressed after a cardiac incident and they may feel life is not worth living. A cardiac care dog gives a person a reason to live because we depend on humans. We can make people smile and laugh and see the joy in life that they might otherwise forget about.
3. You Will Never Be Alone
Dogs like to be near their humans as much as possible. Heavens, we will even follow you into the bathroom to make sure things are alright. That feeling of being all alone and scared of something happening will be less if you have a dog around.
4. There Is A Reason To Get Up Every Morning
When you don’t feel well, it can be hard to get out of the bed in the morning. Dogs will make sure that you get up because dogs not only need to go outside to do their business, we love to eat. No dog will let you stay in bed and not get their breakfast ready. While you are doing that, why not make a nice breakfast for yourself. Eating is also part of a good recovery plan.
5. Your Dog Will Teach You How To Rest
If you are a crazy person like our mom, you may have trouble sitting still or resting. Dogs love to just relax, curl up in our beds, take it easy, get the picture? Sometimes our mom likes to take a quick nap on the floor with us using our dog beds as a pillow and we take the place of a stuffed animal. Resting is very important and we are really good at it.
6. A Cardiac Care Dog Makes Exercise More Fun
Many humans don’t enjoy exercising. Dogs need to be walked, or at the very least we need someone to take us outside and play. It doesn’t matter to us if we walk slow or fast, long or short, we like to go for walks. Healing from a cardiac event means proper exercise. If you have your own fitness buddy right there waiting to go and walk with you, how can you turn the opportunity down. Fresh air is also a good thing!
7. Petting A Dog Lowers Blood Pressure And Stress
Yes, we saved the best for last. What really makes a dog a cardiac care dog is that we do really help with heart health. Did you know petting a dog for fifteen minutes can lower blood pressure by as much as ten percent? Petting a dog also releases a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone which means your stress is lowered. What do people recovering from heart issues need? Lower blood pressure and less stress.
There you have it, our case for having a cardiac care dog or three. We know Mom appreciates all we do for her, and we are super happy to do what we do too!