The Healing Power of Pets

“Many researchers are finding that the most serious disease for older persons is not cancer or heart disease – it’s loneliness. Love is the most important health tonic we have and pets are one of nature’s best sources of love.

 

Dogs and cats help everyone overcome the pain of loneliness by supplying companionship and affection. Pets make you laugh and divert your mind from troubles, they broaden your circle of friends and encourage good health through exercise; pets can aid relaxation, lower one’s blood pressure, promote health, and prolong life. They help us unwind: a cuddle a day may keep the doctor away.

 

Many elderly and lonely individuals have discovered that pets satisfy their needs and enable them to hold on to the world of reality, of care, of human toil and sacrifice, and of intense emotional relationships. Their self-concept as worthwhile individuals is restored and even enhanced when they find that the pet they have been caring for loves them in return.”

 

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