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You think people are raising pets, but in fact, pets are helping people

By :Leslie Yin 0 comments
You think people are raising pets, but in fact, pets are helping people

"The pet has no matter, the first slaughter", when the owner was isolated, her pet dog was suspected of being killed. The recent "harmless disposal" of pet dogs has caused a lot of concern and anger. Because for many people, pets have a deep emotional connection, like family and friends.
In fact, the benefits of having a pet don't stop there. Many studies have shown that owning a pet has many physical and mental health benefits. These include reduced stress, reduced risk of asthma, and improved sleep quality.


Pets are more than just companionship for humans
Pets can help adults calm down and reduce their stress levels, according to a study. And a 2016 study in the Journal Of Social Development found that pets can not only relieve stress in adults, but also provide emotional support for children.
We experience stress because of our body's "stress hormone", Cortisol, which is associated with stress. Cortisol raises blood pressure and blood sugar and has been linked to stress and depression. In chronically stressed situations, cortisol is secreted over a long period of time. This is actually the brain's warning signal of stress, which can affect things like digestion and the immune system.


If cortisol levels are too high, the health of all parts of the body can be affected.
For the experiment, researchers recruited 101 children, with an average age of about 10, to work with lab dogs at the University of Florida. To test the children's stress levels, they were asked to complete two tasks: speech and mental arithmetic. Both raise cortisol levels, which makes them stressed. The children were divided into three groups: with their parents, with their dogs, and alone.
The results showed that children with dogs were significantly less stressed than those tested alone or with parents present. Cortisol levels were even lower if the children chose to pet and interact with the dog.


Why does having a pet reduce stress? Which brings us to another hormone associated with love: Oxytocin, which affects Oxytocin. It literally means a hormone that speeds up production, but it's not that simple. Oxytocin is associated with greater intimacy and attachment between mother and child, as well as maintaining harmonious and committed relationships. Oxytocin also helps us bond with our pets.
A new study finds that oxytocin strengthens the bond between humans and dogs.
When a pet stares at its owner with its big innocent eyes, oxytocin levels rise in the owner's urine. The longer the dogs stared, the higher their oxytocin levels. In turn, owners' oxytocin increases oxytocin production in their pets. In other words, there will be a positive feedback on oxytocin production between the owner and the pet.
In this kind of gaze and interaction, the relationship between the owner and the pet will become closer and closer, gradually establishing a kinship bond.

In addition to the physiological benefits of pet ownership on hormone levels, scientists have found that owning a dog can reduce a child's risk of asthma.
Earlier studies have shown that children who have close contact with animals on farms cut their risk of developing asthma by about half. Another study of nearly a million children in Sweden found that exposure to a pet dog at an early age was 13 percent less likely.

It is thought that when children are exposed to pet bacteria, their gut microbiome may change. Babies who are accompanied by furry pets double the number of beneficial bacteria in their gut. Exposure to pets during pregnancy has also been linked to lower rates of septicemia, pneumonia and meningitis in children.
For owners who prefer to sleep with their pets, pets may also improve their sleep. The study found that sleeping with a pet makes owners feel safer and more relaxed and less lonely.


Forty-one percent of pet owners believe that sleeping with their pet gives them a sense of peace and relaxation. 
At the medical level, there have been animal-assisted therapy (AAT). The treatment would relieve some of the symptoms through animal intervention in humans. For example, patients can get emotional support from animals and have animals assist them in their daily lives.
Animals can improve patients' social, emotional and cognitive functions and achieve good motivational effects. For children, animals can bring happiness and well-being, increase positive behavior and reduce anxiety and pain. Animals can also help old people who are passive and depressed. The most common AIDS in AAT are dogs, as well as dolphin, horse and cat-related therapies.


Dogs are a common pet with AAT. Dogs can relieve patients' stress and anxiety, and also help treat autism and ADHD.
A growing body of research demonstrates that animals can have an overall positive impact on human health and improve mood and quality of life. For people who keep pets, pets also mean affection and spiritual sustenance. As ccTV.com commented: "Pets should not be treated as beasts, your way around, but as living beings, our 'happy community'."
In front of life, people and animals should be treated equally.

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