Nashville, TN (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
Ever wonder why people own a pet? Well to give an idea of just how many people actually do own a pet, today there are 164.6 million pets (dogs and cats only) in the United States. That means 62 percent on all U.S. households own a pet. People buy pets for different reasons, mostly pets are needed as companions. They provide us with responsibility, obligation and affection. These offerings help us to improve our relationships with others by improving ourselves. Blue Chip Pet Care, an in home pet service company in Nashville, TN knows how important pets are to their clients. Clients of Blue Chip Pet Care leave detailed notes for pet sits or dog walks and Blue Chip Pet Care strictly follows these routines to keep pets in their routine. Zoobiquity, a new book written by a UCLA cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and co-author Kathryn Bowers talks about new studies and reasons why doctors and veterinarians should communicate regarding practicing medicine because humans and animals experience many of the same problems.
It has been discovered that the simple act of petting a dog creates a mutual physiological connection in both the human and the animal, lowering blood pressure, stress levels and reducing heart rate of both. Researchers have uncovered that animals perceive the world differently than humans because their senses are different than ours, however they have and express emotions. If animals do express emotions but see the world differently how do we know they are showing affection? It has been found that when horses and dog, for example, are touched by a person they feel particularly close with that person. This is how they show affection and create a bond with a human or owner. This is important because pets can become stressed when owners are away, Blue Chip Pet Care recommends to keep pets in their natural environment to help reduce this stress. Plus home care provides reinforcement for training.
Not only do dogs get us out and about whether is going on a morning dog walk or playing fetch at the park, they increase the chance that we as humans exercise. A recent study found that primarily women own pets and the median age is 31. These pet owners were compared to another of group of non pet owners. The pet owners held a higher self esteem, they seemed happier, healthier and better adjusted. Today with the emergence of companion animals incredible breakthroughs and advancements have been made with all kinds of disorders in humans. Today not only can pets provide support to the blind and the deaf but dramatic results in treating a wide range of physical and psychological disorders: including cancer, ADHD, AIDS, heart problems and autism. Pets are also being used to treat minor problems humans face such as loneliness, headaches, high blood pressure, hypertension, insomnia and high cholesterol. These breakthroughs have even created programs for elderly, the homeless and even prison inmates. This is something that has been around but today dogs are playing more of a role. Today there is estimated to be 20,000 service dogs within the United States.
The progress has been incredible. One experienced service dog trainer stated that Schnauzers are known to detect the specific spot in the body where a person has cancer (McLaughlin). Dogs are also used in the protection of humans, whether trained to sniff bombs or trained as a search and rescue dog to find a missing person. Hunter Reed of Blue Chip Pet Care meet a dog trainer who trains Beagles to sniff for bed bugs. There is a Beagle in Tennessee named 'Radar' who can quickly search a room and determine if the room has a bed bug infestation or not.
The greatest benefit we receive as a pet owner is the unlimited affection and warmth our pet offers. Whether we are aware of the changes or not we are improving our lives and those around us. Pets can make us more healthy both mentally and physically. As humans are animals too, maybe we are more alike than we think.