The Ultimate Guide to How Pets Improve Our Health

Did you know that it is true that when you spend a lot of time with your pet your mood and general health status is impacted positively? There are therapeutic procedures that are best done through the assistance of animals (pets).  Pets do not care who you are, what profession you are and your weight, they love unconditionally.  They are becoming popular companion for patients.  Calming Effect and Presence Pets are known to offer calming effects to the mood or anxiety of people with HIV- AIDS.  This disease is rather depressing and takes a patient through a long treatment journey.  A patient will feel better when attached to a pet at home to calm the up and down moods due to health problems.  Alzheimer patients reduce their outbursts when they find solace in pets at home.  The pets relieves caregivers the burden of always taking care of the patient.  Most sick people prefer a cat because it is easy to manage compared to a dog.  Pets calming effect helps human beings manage stress.  Playing with pets or just watching them play awakens the neurotransmitters causing a calming effect on your entire body and mind. In homes where there are no children or a partner, pets’ presence brings life.  It is true that people who own pets are happier and fall sick less often as opposed to those who don’t have pets.   To some people pets bring calmness as a result of sense of belonging and add meaning to life. Contents1 Recovering from Stroke2 An Assistant to Parkinson’s Disease3 Soothes Pain4 Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief5 Strengthening the Bones and Muscles6 Helps Autism Patients7 A Company During Counseling Therapy Session8 An Alarm to Diabetes Patients9 Prevents Asthma10 Enhances Strong Immunity11 Social Health12 Ease Depression13 Curbs Heart Issues14  An Encouragement in Weight Loss/Control15 Make You Happy Recovering from Stroke Stroke may come with problems of language disorder, which affect the patient.  Some dogs are trained to understand a variety of non-verbal commands and can help patients with language disorder.  The patients feel relieved when the dog understands the non-verbal communication.  When a dog comes close to the patient, rubbing it brings a calming effect and helps in recovering from stroke.  In addition horseback riding is also good for patients recovering from stroke because it offers stretching exercises.  Though the patient has to ride alongside a care giver, the exercise helps in regaining balance and confidence.  Cats have a calming effect which makes the patient focus on it and forget other worrying situations. An Assistant to Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder due to damage of a brain nerve. Patients with this disorder require constant help since their movement is disabled.  Pets like dogs become useful in creating balance in patients with Parkinson’s disease.  A trained dog is able to collect items on the floor, be sent to pick some, close doors and windows and turn on/off lights among others. The service dogs are able to know when the patient freezes and signals by tapping the feet/foot so that the patient can keep walking.  Assist Patients with Epilepsy Service dogs are good caregivers for the patients with epilepsy.  The seizures are known to attack the patient anytime anywhere.  The dogs bark to alert the caregiver or a parent if the patient or a child has seizures in a different room.  Standing or sitting of the dog next to the patient when he falls down, helps prevent injuries.  Interestingly, some dogs are trained to sense and alert before the seizures begin. The patient can therefore move to a safer place. Soothes Pain Any form of chronic pain that requires heat to soothe can benefit from Xolo dogs which are known to produce a lot of body heat.  Patients lie besides the hairless dog or hold it close to the aching body part.  Some of the pain patients go through is accelerated by concentrating on it.  Pets have a way of distracting patients from thinking too much on the pain and engage the mind with other activities. Petting and cuddling is a sure way of easing pain for patients with chronic and acute illnesses. Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affects the joints making them tender and uncomfortably warm after formation of rheumatoid nodules.  Other symptoms are joint stiffness especially after a busy day and weight loss.  It initially affects the smaller joints around your feet and hands causing the toes and fingers to be stiff. The disease can spread to the other parts of the body such as knees, wrists and elbows. Walking a dog by a patient who has rheumatoid arthritis is therapeutic.  It takes away the depressing thoughts of one’s condition and also exercises the joints to prevent deforming or dislocating. These patients have abnormal body composition with fats at higher levels, to regulate and moderate this, a lot of exercises are required and pets become a close friend and exercise partner.  On the other hand the dogs are very sensitive of their owner’s condition and always kind and comforting to be around with.  Adequate exercises and self –esteem which a pet can help you achieve is important in treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis.  Pets Useful in Children with ADHD ADHD stands for attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, which is a condition that prevents a child to be still and affects her concentration. Unlike human beings, pets especially dogs will appreciate the hyperactivity of the child. Pets offer unconditional love to the child and a perfect companion too.  Psychiatrists may use pets to let both the parent and the child learn some behavioral modification techniques. It is therefore advisable to get your child who has ADHD or ADD a pet.  The child will learn to be responsible and practice empathy.  These two skills are hard to achieve by the ADHD child.  Taking the dog for a walk is enough exercise to let out the excess energy in the child.  Anxiety and stress are reduced when child cuddles the pets. … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to How Pets Improve Our Health