A pet’s impact on your quality of life

We spend a lot of time talking about what you, as pet parents, can do for your pet’s health. But, today, we’re turning the tables a bit….

Recently we started digging around in some information from the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI), whom collaborates with Purdue’s Veterinary Medicine College.  Although we are Hoosier fans and thus inherently despise most things Purdue, we have to swallow our pride a bit and admit that this partnership is pretty cool.

This library of sorts is under construction at the moment, but will eventually contain a ton of scholarly material about the how pets affect humans with autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, coronary heart disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as information on the benefits pets have on the health and well-being of people in general.

For example, did you know that children exposed to pet allergens in the first year of life have reduced risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis?  Also, research shows that they can detect presence of certain cancers.  Oh, and petting your pet can almost instantaneously lower your blood pressure.

They really are amazing, huh?  Admittedly, sometimes I look at Jax and think “Man, you are one dumb dog.” But as he nuzzles up to me, I quickly forget the times he’s chased his tail in the family room for 10 minutes straight…or pooped on the floor in the middle of the night. Why?– because I’m instantly relaxed.

Given the value that our dogs bring to our quality of life (sometimes without our own realization), we  obviously feel compelled to return some degree of value to their quality of life. To us, that means providing healthy environment (both nutrition and veterinary care), lots of playtime and interaction, and a healthy dose of affection in return.

We’re curious– what do you do to ensure your pets have the best quality of life?

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