Animals Benefit Our Health

Angelique NewmanStarred Page By Angelique Newman, 24th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/uhv2j67a/
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There's more to your pet than a friendly nuzzle and someone to greet you when you arrive home. Scientists have found animals can lower stress and may indeed increase your life span.

Stress is a killer

We battle stress on a day to day basis; at times we may be oblivious to it; for example, noise pollution, the constant blare of the TV, radio, traffic or the children arguing in the background. Then there’s the job related stress, financial stress, health and so it goes. Though stress is always around us if we look to our pets you may feel your load lightened and a smile brighten your face.

Animals combat stress

• Studies have shown people seemed to recover faster from stress when keeping company with their pets as opposed to being with a friend or spouse.

• Clinics note patients’ anxieties ease, moods improve and pain more manageable when specially trained animals are brought into nursing homes and hospitals.

• A study by researchers at the State University of New York, Buffalo, found that out of 48 stockbrokers, the 24 that received a pet had their hypertension lowered significantly compared to the ones that didn't receive a pet.

• If a four-legged friend isn't to your liking, a fish aquarium has positive affects as well; watching fish swim around also eases stress.

Exercise and social benefits

Our furry friends like to stretch their legs, thus prompting us to take them for walks. The exercise not only does them good it also improves our health, by lowering our risk of high blood pressure, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, osteoporosis, morbidity and different types of cancer.

Walking a dog not only improves your physical well been, it's also good for meeting and interacting with people, staving off mental decline as we grow older.

The regular routine of walking a dog enables dog walkers to walk at a brisker pace for longer periods of time as opposed to those who don’t.

Walking our pets will promote better sleep, increased energy. It also helps reduce tension, depression and anxiety.

A study followed 400 patients after they suffered from a heart attack. The study concluded that a year later pet owners survival rates were significantly higher compared to those who didn't own a pet.

In conclusion

Whether it is the quiet times we spend with our pets, simply stroking or watching them, or the times we share with them in activity, our pets have a positive effect on us.

Example; just watch this video and note how you feel.

Sources;
http://preventdisease.com/lifestyle/pets/articles/more_evidence_pets_lower_stress.html
http://www.theaquablock.com/facts/
http://www.suite101.com/content/pet-dogs-mean-health-benefits-for-owners-a253147
http://www.hikeontario.com/bulletin/factsheets/fact10.htm
http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/February/feature1.htm
http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm

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Animal Health Benefits, Cats, Companionship, Dogs, Fish, Health Benefits, Lowering Stress, Pets, Walking

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author avatar Angelique Newman
I'm a writer, blogger and a member of RWA. I'm interested in the environment and when I'm not writing I'm usually spending time with my family.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Nov 2010 (#)

Love it! Great article hon.
Top notch and I could not agree more with it.
I love your babies, they're adorable!
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Denise I really appreciate it. Sally is actually my grandparents dog, Lucy and her got along so well when we visited them out west. We had a lot of fun watching them together :-)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Nov 2010 (#)

I should live forever then with all the pets I have. Be sure to read the notes I sent with the publication notice. I offer tips on how you can get more views.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks for the advice Mark I really appreciate it and added more tags.

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author avatar joeldgreat
25th Nov 2010 (#)

yeah, its is also true with humans. Stress is the greatest ill causing factor is our world today. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks joeldgreat, I agree with you about stress--if we find a cure for it, we would eliminate many of the ailments out there today.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Nov 2010 (#)

All very true, Angelique. You received a well deserved star on this page.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Jerry, I really appreciate it :-)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Not to throw a monkey-wrench into the feel-good gears, but as much as I love animals, parents have to recognize that bringing animals into the house where there are children is risking their kids' health. We need to love animals, but biologically we were not not meant to live in closed-up environments with them. Many, many children suffer daily agony due to parents promoting constant contact with animals. Sure, it benefits adults in terms of stress, but it can ruin a child's health. (I speak from experience.)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
25th Nov 2010 (#)

I agree it depends on the individual, whether it's due to allergies or the number of pets living in the household with children; all has to be taken into consideration.

In my research I came upon studies where it showed that a pet could help benefit children. It noted that when children are upset in most cases they talk to their pets. Pets are a source of comfort.

It also notes it helps some children with autism in terms of interaction.

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author avatar SuzAlicie
27th Nov 2010 (#)

My dog makes our lives much fuller and happier, the benefits of having a pet far outweigh the expense and inconvenience at times. Great page, and congrats on so many star pages in such a short time.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Suzalicie,

I can't believe the stars I got, I'm very grateful and absolutely thrilled about it :)

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author avatar Souldose
27th Nov 2010 (#)

You're a good writer, your pages are impressive

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author avatar Angelique Newman
28th Nov 2010 (#)

Thank you Souldose, I've just been lucky with the topics I picked. It adds a little more pressure for my next article

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author avatar Souldose
28th Nov 2010 (#)

No you'll keep rocking don't stress

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author avatar Angelique Newman
28th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Souldose :)

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author avatar ppruel
1st Dec 2010 (#)

They are all cute, Angelique. thanks for sharing. interesting article - educational material.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
1st Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks ppruel :)

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author avatar passion4life
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Great article! One of my neighbors had some serious health problems, it was suggested that she get a dog and start walking. She not only loves her new pet, but credits her pup for saving her life, as she walks him a few times a day and has had tremendous health improvements and weight loss.
Thanks for reading and congrats on the star!:)

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author avatar passion4life
15th Dec 2010 (#)

thanks for sharing I meant lol

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author avatar Angelique Newman
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks passion, I truly appreciate it :)
I'm a softy when it comes to animals; they always seem to brighten my day.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Me too Angelique. I now have seven cats and three dogs. I just adopted a five year old Belgian Shepherd. This guy is huge so I named him "Big Ben". Don't aak me why because I don't know, he doesn't even bark all that much let alone chime like the bells in the tower where the "Big Ben" resides. Now I have to build an addition on Sergeant Preston and Major Barbara's duplex turning it into a triplex

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author avatar Angelique Newman
17th Dec 2010 (#)

Congratulations on the new addition Jerry! Big Ben sounds like a great name for him.
Your household must be full of diverse personalities--what fun it would be to watch them! Guarantee they bring a smile to someone's face at least once a day :)

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author avatar Greenfaol
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent article, and so true. I miss my dogs a great deal. They really do ease stress :D

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author avatar Angelique Newman
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Greenfaol. I'm sorry to hear about your dogs, I can't imagine not having our dog Lucy around. She always seems to brighten our day.

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2011 (#)

excellent piece of work.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
9th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks Martin :)

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