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    Pets Boost Mental Health

    Pets boost mental health

    Anyone who has ever come home from a bad day at work to a tail-wagging, face-licking "hello" knows how easily pets can boost the spirit.

    In fact, for many people , "today's pets are considered an important member of their family," said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club (AKC).

    Clearly, we are deep in the embrace of love affairs with pets. And we spend large amounts of money caring for them.

    But the emotional return on that investment is worth it, experts say.

    Can significantly reduce anxiety

    "Some of the research we've done has been amazing. Very short interactions with an animal that's not even a pet can significantly reduce a patient's anxiety and fear before a serious medical procedure," said Sandra Barker, a professor of psychiatry and director of the Centre for Human-Animal Interaction at the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine. [...]
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    Pets certainly do seem to boost the spirit. Few things are comparable to the unconditional, innocent affection a dog gives to its owner, for example. What do you think?

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    AW: Pets boost mental health

    Yeah, pets are great. But what about children?

    In many parts of the Western world cats and dogs have become a child-substitute for lonely singles - and a grandchild substitute for childless old ladies. Someone should do some research into the positive health effects of kids (the most important probably being that they save you from dying out ).

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    Re: AW: Pets boost mental health

    Quote Originally Posted by Pervitinist View Post
    Yeah, pets are great. But what about children?

    In many parts of the Western world cats and dogs have become a child-substitute for lonely singles - and a grandchild substitute for childless old ladies. Someone should do some research into the positive health effects of kids (the most important probably being that they save you from dying out ).
    My cat is a football substitute Just kidding.

    I read somewhere that cats boost physical health - stroking a cat lowers your heart rate because it soothes you.

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    Re: Pets boost mental health

    Pets boost mental health
    Certainly. When they don't puke around the house or keep you up all night moaning in heat, that is!

    A friend of mine has six cats. Lovely little furries.

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    Yes, pets change the mood into a good one. The pet is there for you every day, no matter whether it's a good or bad day and it greets you lovingly. It's loyalty can hardly be matched. But I also wonder. What Pervitinist said it's true. Some people use pets as substitutes for children and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. I consider my pets as nearly family members too. But isn't that conflicting or postponing with the decision of some families to have children?

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