Paw Away Stress

28Jul10

Stressors can be caused by various internal and external factors.  For example, individuals may become stressed when thinking negatively (internal stressor) or while in an uncomfortable social setting (external stressor).  Depending on the individual, stress will affect each person differently.  Nonetheless, among the list of options to reduce stress, studies have shown the benefits of pet ownership. 

Symptoms of stress include headaches, sweating, heartburn, panic attacks, depressions and insomnia.  Others suffer more severe symptoms such as chest pains, suicidal thoughts, and social withdrawal.  Misdiagnosed or untreated, stress can wreak havoc on an individual’s personal and professional life.  In fact, “sixty percent of lost workdays each year can be attributed to stress. In addition, an estimated 75 to 90 percent of visits to health care providers are due to stress-related conditions, costing employers in increased health care costs.” 

According to the National Center for Infectious Diseases, pets reduce:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Feelings of loneliness

Also, most pet owners have dogs for the purpose of companionship and health benefits rather than protection.  So, if you’ve always wanted to own a Greyhound or poodle, think about the health benefits!

What kind of pet do you own?  If not, would you now consider owning a pet based on the health benefits?

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2 Responses to “Paw Away Stress”

  1. 1 Melissa Kovacevic, Principal - CommPlan Consulting

    Hi, I appreciate your comments on my blog about Inky. Unfortunately poor Inky has been diagnosed with cancer. Prognosis is not good. We will care for her and spoil her until it is her time. Pets are wonderful friends and often family members as I’m sure you know!

    • My sympathy goes out to you and as a fellow pet owner, I am sad. You are right, pets are like friends, and moreso family members. We can surely learn about lessons of unconditional love from our furry critters!


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