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 while performing the math task, and their heart rates and blood pressure returned to normal more also made fewer errors in their math when their pet was present in the room.4 All these findings indicated that having a dog or cat lowered the risk of heart disease, as well as lowering stress so that performance improved.
If they are strongly habituated to humans, wild animals may not be able to survive on their own. PAWS and other wildlife rehabilitators go to great lengths to avoid habituating the animals in their care. If you try to rehabilitate a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal without the proper training, skills, permits and knowledge of how to avoid habituating that animal, you may ruin the animal’s chance for being released back to the wild.
With almost no effort at all, pets manage to bring so much joy into our lives. They make us laugh, comfort us when we’re sick or upset, and are always there for us no matter what. It’s no wonder that an estimated 12 million British households choose to keep a pet. Pets and Animals LOVE Reiki! Reiki has become very popular to use in benefit of pets and animals. In fact there are Reiki classes and books specifically created to teach Reiki applications and protocol with pets and animals.