Positive Aging How Pets improve our health & well being

How Pets improve our health

 

I love my grandpuppy! Yes I have a grandpuppy who is a Miniature Schnauzer and is so cute – she even has her own Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/wallis_the_pooch/ check here out!  Her name is Wallis and she thinks she is a human and sometimes so do I.

How pets improve our health

Each week when I visit my grandson, Wallis races to say hello and definitely needs as much attention as her ‘little brother’. My three year old grandson, says Wallis is his ‘best friend’ and they have such fun playing together.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Perhaps you are neither and prefer birds or even guinea pigs!  It seems that most of us are either one or the other and a recent study through Roy Morgan Research in Australia showed that

‘50% of Aussies live in a household with at least one cat or/and dog in it’.

However, whichever side of the pet debate you are on, research shows that having a pet, especially a dog, definitely has a positive impact on our health and well-being.

How Pets improve our health

Companionship

How Pets improve our health

As we age and find ourselves alone, pets can provide companionship and help us maintain a purpose in our life.

Pets in health care

How Pets improve our health

At the aged care facility where my mother-in-law lives, there is a volunteer who regularly visits the residents with her dog.  Pet Therapy including Therapy Dogs International Nursing Home Program provides interaction with dogs and patients.  This type of therapy has shown to get responses from elderly patients who have withdrawn.  Pet therapy is widely used working with the elderly, children, people with special needs and in the area of mental health with positive results.

Reduces stress

How Pets improve our health

Sitting and stroking a purring feline can help to lower our stress levels and help us to relax.

Keeps us Fit

How Pets improve our health

Having a pet, such as a dog, helps to keep us fit as daily works are required.

Sure, having a pet is a responsibility, can be expensive and can impact your life if you want to travel etc. However the responsibilities are outweighed by the benefits they bring to our lives.

Do you have a pet?

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26 thoughts on “Positive Aging How Pets improve our health & well being

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh I love their names Janet and I’m sure you spoil them. I have friends with cats and they are spoilt rotten! LOL:) Enjoy your fur babies. xx

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  1. Leanne | crestingthehill

    I’m like Janet – we have two cats and I find them a perfect fit for our family now we don’t have children at home. Dogs and kids go really well together – not so much dogs and busy midlifers 🙂 I do love the idea of pets visiting care facilities because they make such a connection with the residents.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      yes Leanne, when I went to visit Luisa yesterday, Bella the labrador had just been to visit and Luisa just loved seeing her. It is so therapeutic x

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  2. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    I agree there are places for pets and if that works for you, in the home, that’s great. I am not sure I will do the pet thing again. Glad you are enjoying your daughter’s pooch! Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 8/52. Next Week: Taking Stock.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Denyse. I still am not sure if I am a pet person but I know my husband would love a dog. We will see…

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  3. Sydney Shop Girl

    Pet therapy days at my hospital are the happiest days of the week. The patients love the chance to interact with the pet therapy dogs while us staff members noticeably relax when we see the dogs trot through the ward.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are a great idea SSG and I just experienced first hand at my MIL’s aged care facility. Everyone smiles when they see ‘Bella’ it is so uplifting. x

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  4. Beth (GrannyBeth3)

    We have a cat and a dog. I love them dearly and am embarrassed to admit that they fill in the holes that my grandchildren leave when I don’t see them for awhile. While I’m an exercise maniac, my walks with my Dog are moving meditations. My cat is an entity to himself until night time when he buries himself into my neck like he did when he was a kitten.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Don’t be embarrassed Beth, your cat and dog are part of your family. I love the idea of moving meditations when you walk with your dog. Have a lovely week Beth. xx

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  5. Linda Hobden

    I have 2 cats, Leo & Snowball – we have had them since they were 8 weeks old. They are now 18 months. They are supposed to be brother & sister but one is Black short haired & sleek and the other is white long haired and rounder with a cute face. When we picked them up we were told they were both males – but Snowball looked too cute & feminine to be male – even the sashaying walk gave it away. Finally the vet told us that Snowball was a female! 😊 The cats & my youngest sons are best buddies! 😊

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh I love their names Linda – Linda & Snowball! They sound gorgeous and opposites in colour to each other. It must have been a surprise about Snowball but you probably had figured it out. Have a lovely day, Linda. xx

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  6. Charlotte

    awww what a cute grandpuppy!! I am an animal lover all round but I have cats at the moment and all of my family do too. My grandparents have always had cats and they love them!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I agree Kathleen. If I was alone a pet would be wonderful company I believe. have a beautiful week Kathleen!

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  7. Julie

    We have four! Two cats and two dogs. We sadly lost one of each last year. We laughed when we got married that we had the animal Brady Bunch, three dogs and three cats. While we miss the two that we have lost through old age, a very painful experience, we both believe the joy they bring to everyday is worth the pain of missing them when they are gone. Animals bring great lessons and companionship at any stage of life. So thankful for our furry family members!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh Julie, how lovely to start off married life that way. Our pets become part of our family so we do grieve for them like anyone else we lose but we have the memories as you say and life is richer for having them in our lives. Have a lovely day!x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      yes Wallis is my daughter’s maiden name so that is how she named her pup. Thanks for hosting the Blogger’s Pit Stop Menaka and see you next week!

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