Touching lives and improving health through the power of therapy animals. You make a good point. Because the scope of pet-keeping is so large (bugs to Basset hounds), it is very difficult to precisely define what a pet is. Clearly, the lines get blurry around the edges. For example, a guide dog for the blind has both an obvious “use” and is a valued companion and friend to its owner. Further, there are the exceptions to virtually any definition. Some scholars have defined pets as animals that are name, allowed in the house, and never eaten. However, there are cultures where animal are clearly pets but are not named, never let in the house, and are, in fact, eaten.
Contrary to popular opinion, many cats are social animals and love attention. Though most cats don’t require as much attention as dogs, they still need play time and petting on a daily basis. Spending time every day with your kitty can be the difference between a happy cat and a bored cat. Visit our Chip Truck to get your cats and dogs microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Go to the chip truck page for the 2018 schedule to find a location near you.
Companion animals may improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations. In a 2002 study, researchers measured changes in heart rate and blood pressure among people who had a dog or cat, compared to those who did not, when participants were under stress (performing a timed math task). People with a dog or cat had lower resting heart rates and blood pressure measures at the beginning of the experiment than non-pet owners. People with a dog or cat were also less likely to have spikes in heart rates and blood pressure … Read moreRead More →