The Trinity Between Me, Health and My Pet

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This blog is another opportunity to feel grateful. Thank you, dear Universe, you continue to bless me with recovery and health.

For pet-pampering lovers, it is the act that is associated with their happiness.

Your dog’s exciting welcome is not only an emotional gesture but also has health benefits for you. Even science proves a link between the pet culture, love, and health.

They are cuddly, loving and cute. I’m sure there is a reason why dogs are considered as man’s best friend. Pets can be cats, birds, dogs, or any tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure. They provide several emotional and physical benefits. Their special ability to have this close relationship as pets makes them special.

Recently, I started noticing some turnaround stories.

Stories on how pets helped patients with rare and chronic health to recoup. They assisted by lowering the intensity of pain and other associated symptoms. Almost all pet owners believe that once acquired they are a difficult taste to let go of.

Does synchronizing the human-animal bond harmonize our way of living better and healthier? Stay tuned to find out more.

For pet lovers, their darling pet means the world. There is enough evidence that it goes beyond just owning them. The experience of companionship and unconditional love in raising them is beyond words.

Our attraction to animals may be subconscious. It might also be driven by certain social forces that we are unaware of.

Besides, our emotional bond with our pets can bring varied benefits. It is a novel adventure.

Pet owners find it difficult to let go of their beloved companions because of:

Comic Relief:

  • Ms. Anu is a patient suffering from severe depression. She says ‘’seeing him wag his tail, standing on the doorstep is the greatest feeling’’.

  • Laughter is an integral part of our life. There is nothing better than having an avenue that adds a dose of laughter. Our relationship with our pets deepens so much that they make us smile and laugh. Eventually, they become reasons for our utter joy and excitement.

They get us on our feet:

  • Our commitment to them gets us to move our bodies and get physically active. Most patients emphasize how their pets encourage them to step out to get some fresh air. It feels so positive with our body and the energy changes.

Mr. John is a chronic lung patient and a retired official based in Australia. He adds that even on gloomy days when his health is not good, his pet motivates him to get out of bed. It might be the key reason for his strong heart muscles.

Mood booster:

  • Pets are reasons for a rise in the feel-good hormone with ease in anxiety levels. They have close connections with reducing work-related stress. It is noticed that playing with pets proves healthy. Hugging them, and having their undivided attention increases our dopamine levels. The hormone promotes calmness and provides immediate stress relief.

Follow a set routine:

  • A good pet should be trained to adapt to changes. Setting up a routine that works both for the owner and the pet helps train them better and adds discipline.

  • For pet owners, a daily set routine gives a balanced approach to life. It even facilitates recovery from ailments.

Mr. Garry is a Swedish shop owner. He was surprised to find his teen daughter extremely consistent with her cat’s food timings. His daughter is a chronic neurology patient. This exercise reminds her to adhere to her medical routine.

They take care of our mental and physical fitness:

  • My conversation with Mr. Joy, a cancer patient was overwhelming. He claimed that at times all you need is a strong purpose in life to recover. His pet gives him this purpose and the determination to bounce back.

Other benefits of owning a pet include ease in anxiety levels. It gives daily physical activities and incremental self-confidence. It also makes the pet owner aware of the present moment. Pets make us feel so controlled, alive, and important.

They engage our minds, constructively:

  • A pet could make us feel wanted and take away our focus from immediate problems. They occupy our time, uplift our morale, and even help develop social connections.

Mr. Mathew says ‘’It was due to Johny (his Labrador) that he started going to a local dog park. In the process, he met his life partner’’.

Help in Pain management:

  • Ms. Julia is based out of Florida. She says, experiencing chronic pain was causing immense challenges. There were times when she was unable to cope with her daily activities. ”Bringing home Boy (her pet dog), was the perfect way to distract myself. There was instant relief from health problems and helped in managing pain. I advocate for an animal companion to relieve pain’’.

Overcome loneliness:

  • They are great companions with their unconditional affection. Patients claim to feel less depressed and are way happier in the presence of their pets. It lowers the intensity of illness.

    They connect us as social animals and develop new relationships that last for a lifetime.

Come what may, you have their support:

Patients and their families claim that pets soon become more of a family and give love. They are non-judgmental while giving support. The sense of emotional bonding could be as intense as psychological therapy.

Important to consider before owning a pet

It is a serious responsibility.

It requires time, energy, and resources. E.g. dogs need more exercise, and it can sometimes get strenuous for older people.

It is always recommended to be aware of your responsibilities before owning a pet.

To conclude

Going for a walk with a pet is much more than just a simple walking experience.

Pet owners have a reason to celebrate that their pets are helping them live better and healthier. From lowering BP to mental health settings, there are ways a pet contributes. They help with stress resiliency, build social connections, and therapeutic benefits.

Having a pet can have health benefits for chronic patients as well. It can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with chronic pain conditions.

They provide distraction. Pets give patients ways to enjoy life through simple moments and events.

They help increase physical and mental activities. Generally, dogs need a lot of physical involvement. They need regular walks and demand playful interaction.

They help improve moods and are complete entertainers. They help reduce anxiety, symptoms of depression, and stress. They also provide companionship and reduce feelings of isolation.

They provide unconditional love and affection. They love you regardless of the situation. Their ability to stay present at the moment provides us valuable lessons in how to be better humans.

What makes our bonding with our pets even special is the flavor that we search for in our human relationships. What do you say?


The views expressed above in this article are the author’s own and do not represent any kind of medical advice.

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