**Guest post from Ellen B.**
The Dr. Oz Show recently had a segment on the benefits that pets can play on our health. Makes me happy that pets are getting the attention that they deserve! Dr. Oz and his guest, Betty White, talked about how elderly people who live alone but have a pet have to get up in the morning to take care of their pet. When they have a pet, they have to think about someone other than themselves. Here are the benefits of pet ownership that were shared on The Dr. Oz Show.
Dogs: Best pet to increase your overall health.
Dogs increase your overall survival. You walk them, so that gives you both exercise. Also, dog owners who have had a heart attack are 8 times more likely to live a year compared to non-dog owners.
Cats: Best pet to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Cats dramatically help to reduce your blood pressure. Cat owners have a:
- 30% less chance of having a heart attack.
- 40% less chance of having a stroke.
Dr. Oz made the comment, “if drugs could do this, we’d prescribe pets!”
Birds: Best pet for detecting a diabetic attack.
Birds are so sensitive that they can actually identify when a person has diabetic problems, and birds can warn them of such. There are very subtle changes in body chemistry when you have diabetes, and birds pick up on it.
Fish: Best pet to reduce stress.
Just staring at fish is very meditative, and for that reason, they reduce stress.
Rabbits: Best pet for fighting allergies.
When young kids are exposed to rabbits, they build a tolerance and are less likely to have allergies from that. Rabbits are really allergenic because they lick themselves all the time and get the dander off. This fact was new to me. Many years ago, my allergist warned me that the bedding used with rabbits and other small pets can cause havoc with allergies for some people.
To learn more about the health benefits pets have on people, click the link mentioned at the beginning of this post. The PetEducation.com article has different information such as how pets:
- Have a positive impact cholesterol and triglycerides levels
- Predict seizures
- Diagnose cancer
- Alert to hypoglycemia
- Control ‘freezing’ in Parkinson’s Disease
Click here to see a video clip of this episode about pets on The Dr. Oz Show.