The Power of Pets

The Australian Companion Animal Council estimated in 2009 that 63% of Australian households owned some kind of pet with 53% of them being a cat or dog. Pets have become a significant part of our lives. You may be thinking what have pets got to do with our health? Well studies have shown they have an enormous benefit to our health and wellbeing. Not only are they wonderful companions they also provide significant psychological and physiological benefits. They provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort in a way that is often unmatched by other humans.

Owing a pet has a powerful benefit to our health they can help to reduce the risks of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They can provide a positive effect on our body’s reaction to stress, this includes a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and adrenal hormone release that has us in flight or fight response. A cat’s purr gives off low-frequency vibrations that may provide the owner with pain relief and increased wound healing ability.

Humans have been sharing their lives with companion animals since ancient times.

Animals are widely used today within the frame work of human therapy ranging from the young to the elderly. Pets today are considered to be “one of the family”, more than ever before. So the next time your cat gives you a smooch or your dog wags his tail to welcome you home, stop for a minute and appreciate their positive healing benefits.

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