Hi Kids! Do you love to sit and talk to your pet? Maybe after a hard day at school you like to tell your dog or cat all about it. If you do like to share your problems with your pet, I bet that while you are talking to them you are petting them too, right? Did you know that owning a pet benefits your health? And your pet’s?
Well guess what? Scientists have recently discovered that when humans pet a dog or cat, it makes both feel better! Of course you knew that already. But the experiments made by the scientists actually proved that petting a dog changes chemicals inside you and inside your dog! It lowers the blood pressure, which is a very good thing, and it produces a calming and happy affect in your brain!
This is why so many hospitals are now allowing special “Comfort Pets” to visit the sad and hurting patients. The doggies just snuggle up and give some love away and it helps sick people to relax and that helps them heal more quickly. Wow, that is kind of like a ‘Pet Super Power’ isn’t it?
Having a pet in your home is good for you and your health. Walking a dog and playing with him or her is good for your body because you are getting more exercise every day. Taking care of your pet is good for your character and emotions because you are learning to be responsible for someone else. Discussing your inner thoughts with your pet is great for both of you because it always helps to talk about your problems. And cuddling with your pet is good for your brain because the calming and happy chemicals are produced while you pet your dog or cat. Amazing!
I suppose a fish or a turtle is probably pretty good at listening to your problems too. But I have a feeling that the part about petting them is not the same!
Did you know that dogs and cats are so good for you? Maybe that old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” should be changed to “A dog-pet a day keeps the doctor away”. Who agrees? Does your pet make you feel better?
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.