Positive Benefits of Pets on Senior Health
July 17, 2018
Countless studies over the years have shown the positive health benefits of pets. Including one recent study that found that people who visited with a pet regularly or lived with an animal had a more regular heart rate and lower blood pressure, even during periods of high stress. The study’s conclusion determined that individuals who had a pet cat or dog were at an overall lower risk of heart disease as well as a host of other diseases related to complications of mental health stresses and depression. Additionally, Scientific American magazine recently reported that the mere act of petting your cat or dog can reduce pain. Petting a fur friend causes our body to release the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and plays a role in humans ability to satisfy needs for emotionally bond. It is truly amazing what health benefits come from making and keeping friendships with other living things even when they can’t offer conversation or physical support. Something as simple as our fish tank and a four-legged visitor area can bring more than just temporary joy, but lasting health benefits to our residents.