The companionship between owner and pet promotes healthy living for the elderly and even for children. Studies have shown that children growing up with a pet in their environment develop better social skills and have a greater respect for all living things around them. They will learn that animals consistently show non-judgmental love and loyalty that will transpire into the life of the child and their interaction with people. For some children, they will have an opportunity to witness birth and the demonstration of a mother's love, care and attention, as well as the added responsibility, which is to be shared by the whole family. The elderly on the other hand, benefit tremendously from pet ownership because it is a positive link between the owner and the outside world. Interactions with the pet can lead to social developments that might otherwise not have taken place.
Pet owners have often confessed that it is the dog, which makes them exercise. Tests have shown that owing dogs or cats can lower the blood pressure and heart rate because a pet introduces added responsibility. Day to Day regiments will be incorporated with exercise from walking, shopping or any other physical activity that creates a more active life
Pet animals are sometimes used for therapeutic reasons in hospitals and nursing homes. Patients have something to look forward to and talk about after a pet visit. As a result, there is a positive effect on the well-being of the patient.
Recognition of the powerful bond between people and pet animals has proved vital in the increasing and effective use of assistance animals. The value of guide dogs in raising the quality of life for those who are visually impaired is well known and there are currently over 4,800 working guide dogs in the UK. For those hard of hearing there is also specialized assistance available from 'hearing dogs', who are trained to react to specific noises (eg: doorbell, fire alarm and telephone), and then draw...
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