Yesterday I wrote about Lassie, and today I felt I should write more about pet therapy. On a site called Holistic online, I read the following: "Research has shown that heart attack victims who have pets live longer. Even watching a tank full of tropical fish may lower blood pressure, at least temporarily. A study of 92 patients hospitalized in coronary care units for angina or heart attack found that those who owned pets were more likely to be alive a year later than those who did not. The study found that only 6 percent of patients who owned pets died within one year compared with 28 percent of those who did not own pets."
After surveying a number of different sites, it's conclusive to me that pets truly do aid people who are sick. But what else do we gain from loving our pets?
For me, it was always unconditional love. During a depressive episode, no matter how awful I felt, how terrible I looked, or how "boring" and low energy others might have found me, my dogs licked me and vigorously wagged their tails as if I were upbeat, attractive, and a stimulating companion.
What pets do you have? In what ways do they enhance your life?