According to a FACCO/KANTAR TNS survey conducted in the fall of 2020, 50.5% of households Owning at least one animal, 43.5% of which include at least one dog or cat. Considered less restrictive in keeping, felines seduce the French. It’s a jump from 10.7 million cats in 2008 to nearly 4 million in 10 years. 15.1 million in 2020 Dogs are not allowed 7.3 million.
But furry, furry or scaly, our favorite animals onlylove and one comforting presence. Many studies in recent years have shown that Pets who was it from true allies for our mental and physical health.
Pets may have virtues against Alzheimer’s disease. beside criteria they provide to patientsThe bond they awaken, for example, by demanding their meals at regular times, is also likely to stimulate memory. This memory functions it is then activated by circuits other than those damaged by the disease. Although some patients do not communicate with their healthcare team for a long time, they recognize and talk to animals that visit them regularly. Some even manage to re-pronounce words while thinking about aquariums…
The beneficial effects of the presence of a dog or cat on brain health were confirmed by a study by the University of Florida in 2022. Researchers analyzed the cognitive data of 1369 older American adults aged 50 years and older and showed no cognitive decline. the beginning of the experiment. Among them, 53% are pet owners 32% have been for more than 5 years. After analyzing the participants’ performance on cognitive tests, the researchers found that owners of dogs, cats, rabbits, or hamsters had more efficient verbal memory (memorizing word lists). “Having a pet for five years or more will benefit the most. delay cognitive decline by 1.2 points over a six-year period A clinical neuroimmunologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan, co-author Dr. Compared to the study’s rate of decline in people who don’t have pets, Tiffany Braley told CNN.
Pets lower high blood pressure
One in three adults in France ‘hypertension… and only half know. Having a pet with us will avoid exceeding the recommended normal values: i.e. 140mmHg (millimeters of mercury) systolic pressure and 90mmHg for diastolic pressure.
Indeed, since the publication of the study led by Professor Erika Friedman Friedman (New York University) in the 1980s, we have been keeping your dog or cat at least minus six minutesor simply pass a quarter of an hour thinking about the image of an aquariumEnough to lower blood pressure!
Even better: single the presence of the animal it will also reduce the risk of cardiovascular accidents. A study of women over 70 at the University of Buffalo (USA) showed that those who surround themselves with animals… have the same blood pressure as their grandchildren!
dogs reduce pain
the hospital houses therapy dogs in 2016. And his attempt seems to have real health meaning. Studies have shown that patients receiving dog treatment at the time of their arrival in the emergency department more peaceful than other patients. The patients were asked to rate the severity of their pain and their pain. anxiety and their welfare on a scale of 1 to 10 after passing 10 minutes with these dogs trained to be in the presence of suffering people.
If all individuals presented with complaints of pain upon arrival at the hospital, those who encountered a dog lower pain level after visit. anxiety symptoms and depression was also less important. For researchers, the animal may distract the patient or activate a neurological or hormonal response that enables better pain management.
You will never get depressed with them!
Caring for an animal you own feeling of being lovedgives meaning to its existence, a purpose. According to several American studies, people with physical disabilities are happier, better self-confidence and one much more advanced relational networkingwhen they have a dog.
Those lucky enough to have a pet in their life have also been shown to be more resistant to hard knocks. seeing their doctors less (up to 15% fewer visits to the doctor, according to a study revealed at the People & Animals convention in Stockholm in 2010) and living their daily lives better. Finally, we know that cat and dog owners Those with AIDS are less prone to depression than others.
If the researchers’ work mainly focuses on dog and cat companies, ventures with other animals have also been undertaken. This situation horse-drawn therapies (or equine therapy). They enjoy increased success with the medical profession for the motor and intellectual disability.
The horse indeed seems like an excellent tool for establishing contact between therapist and patient. Dolphins are also the subject of autism research. seem to touch body and skin of these mammals unlock some patients… Finally, training capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees to address certain handicaps has yielded excellent results… (Up to 15% fewer doctor visits, according to a study revealed at the People & Animals convention in Stockholm in 2010.