The Healing Power of Pets
Do you own a Labradoodle, French Bulldog or good ole, mutt? No matter what the breed, at the end of your leash, stands your own furry, wet-nosed brain health wellness coach. Sure, you probably already know your pup provides unconditional love, warm snuggles and good reasons to get off the couch, but did you know science too, supports the notion that dogs (and cats too!) are good for your overall health and well-being, including brain health?
Loved ones can often feel isolated and alone. Some studies have found that just a few minutes a day petting or visiting with an animal lowers the stress hormone of cortisol and increases the feel-good hormone of serotonin. The results can range from lowered heart rates and blood pressure to decreased depression.
We love our pets!
Pets are “healers” through the power of touch.
Pets can also benefit caregivers, who can feel alone and overwhelmed by their responsibilities. A wagging tail, a doggy smile and unconditional love can make the difference in the day. Pets can reduce stress and bring a smile to a caregiver’s face.
Pets may just be what the doctor orders!
Dogs are the perfect therapists and companions for individuals with dementia. They can provide a tremendous source of social support and unconditional love. Memories are made and treasured every day.
Therapy animals have long been the trusted companions of people with disabilities. Now, animals of all kinds are proving their value to individuals with dementia as well as to those hoping to reduce their risk of brain disease.
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
Therapy animals have long been used to assist blind and disabled individuals. Now, dogs and pets of all kinds have become increasingly common in the treatment of individuals with dementia related disorders.