Here are a few ways you can help your fur family member stay healthy and safe.
1. Check their toys and remove the ones that are no longer safe.
2. Keep your home safe by removing toxins and power cords from areas where your pet might easily access them.
3. Verify that their vaccinations are up to date. If they're not, schedule an appointment.
4. Check your pet's collar to be sure that it still fits; not too tight or too loose. And check that their ID or microchip information is correct. it's easy to change phone numbers (or move) and forget to update your pets records.
So now that we've looked a few of the ways that we can help our pets stay safe and be healthier, let's look at a few ways that our pets make us better.
1. With pets, we get sick less often. Pets are covered with diverse bacteria which actually helps humans build up immunity. One study found that "dog-related biodiversity" is especially high on pillowcases. And rather than make humans sick, it actually helps them to stay healthier. People with dogs seem to get ill less frequently and less severely than people—especially children—with cats or no pets.
2. Pets give humans better heart health. Just the act of petting your pouch or cat helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure. pets lower the risk of suffering from coronary heart disease. Pet owners are more likely to have lower cholesterol levels and are more likely to survive a heart attack.
3. Dog owners get more exercise. playing with your dog is fun and keeps humans active. Dog enjoy getting out for a walk or run and thus, their owners are more likely to spend time outdoors with them.
4. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than are non-pet owners. Even for those people who are clinically depressed, having a pet to take care of can help them out of a depressive episode.
5. Dog ownership makes humans more social. Not only does dog ownership indirectly tell others that you're trustworthy, but your trusty companion can also help facilitate friendships and social networks. One 2015 study found that dogs can be both the catalyst for sparking new relationships and also the means for keeping social networks thriving. One study even showed that those with dogs also had closer and more supportive relationships with the people in their lives.
6. Kids with pets are more empathetic. A 2017 study of 1000 kids ages 7 to 12, found that pet attachment of any kind encouraged compassion and positive attitudes toward animals, which promoted better well-being for both the child and the pet.
7. The purring of a cat is one of the most comforting sounds in the world. That sound has actually been found to facilitate therapeutic healing of human bones and muscles.
8. Pets help humans sleep better. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine was able to confirm those findings: 41 percent of the people in that study indicated that they slept better because of their pet, while only 20 percent said that it led to disturbances.
9. Dogs can detect cancer. Your dog could save your life one day: It seems that your canine friends have the ability to smell cancer in the human body. Stories abound of owners whose dogs kept sniffing or licking a mole or lump on their body so they got it checked out, discovering it was cancerous. Dogs are now being trained to work in the medical field as cancer detectors!
10. Both cats and dogs can help reduce allergies in children. Babies under a year old who were exposed to dogs or cats were less likely to develop all kinds of allergies. Doctors at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that high pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.
National Pet Day was founded by celebrity Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige in 2005. If you'd like to learn more about this special day, check out http://petdayusa.com/. How can you celebrate this day? You can start off doing the four pet health and safety checks at the beginning of the blog. You can also take supplies to those pets in shelters and/or help a friend with pets who is recovering from an illness. Adopt a pet. Use #NationalPetDay on social media.
Please come back again tomorrow for another of my Fridays in April look at spring flowers. Tomorrow's focus will be on the always-gorgeous daffodil. See you then!
Please be kind to all animals.