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February 20, 2017
Pets and health

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  This type of therapy has shown to get responses from elderly patients who have withdrawn.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 Comments

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama February 20, 2017 at 12:06

    Sue, I have two fur babies – cats – Fleur and Seth. I wanted to have kitties for company now I work from home, especially with my own children grown up, I can lavish my love and attention on the fur babies instead!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2017 at 08:30

      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

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill February 20, 2017 at 15:37

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2017 at 08:29

      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

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs February 20, 2017 at 15:43

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2017 at 08:27

      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…

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit February 20, 2017 at 16:38

    Haha, We are on the same page!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2017 at 08:26

      Well they do say ‘great minds’ LOL:)

  • Reply Jo Tracey February 20, 2017 at 17:51

    Mine is like my muse. She walks with me, snores while I write, snores while I watch telly. Love her to bits.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 21, 2017 at 08:26

      Sounds a lovely companion Jo. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl February 21, 2017 at 13:50

    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

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 23, 2017 at 07:37

      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

  • Reply Jennifer February 21, 2017 at 21:14

    Unfortunately, we’re currently pet-less, but we loved our cats and dogs while we had them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 23, 2017 at 07:37

      We don’t have pets but I do visit my grandpuppy each week for some cuddles x

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) February 22, 2017 at 00:35

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 23, 2017 at 07:38

      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

  • Reply Linda Hobden February 22, 2017 at 09:48

    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! ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 23, 2017 at 07:40

      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

  • Reply Charlotte February 24, 2017 at 20:13

    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!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2017 at 09:14

      Oh yes she is gorgeous Charlotte and such a little character.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle February 26, 2017 at 18:08

    I just have a two legged pet at this time, and I love him to bits. If I was alone and could have a four legged pet I am sure I would.

    Kathleen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2017 at 09:11

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

  • Reply Julie February 27, 2017 at 09:54

    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!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2017 at 09:56

      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

  • Reply Menaka Bharathi - Bloggers Pit Stop Crew February 28, 2017 at 01:37

    Such lovely names! I a pet person too, loved the reasons you have pointed out here. Thanks for joining the Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2017 at 11:52

      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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