Welcome to this group!I hope you enjoy it here!Please post comments, post disscussions and invite more people here! This is a group where we can all chat, share, discuss and debate about anything, mostly about our lovely pets and animals! Today, to start us of, I would like you to tell everyone about your pet/pets/animal you really like/old pet and what you like best about them. I have a a black and white cat called Daisy. She is adorable and she was born on 2nd April, 2009. What about you?
hi danilo,i have a beautiful (cat)baby called richelieu, and will soon be adopting two more kittens,who will be named berangere and mazarine,it is nice you started this group,lets hope for many members and good luck,thank you danilo dear friend,hugs,christinanicki
Cool! Thank you very much! I'm very glad I made these groups too!
Hi Danilo, I have a Chinchilla called Humphrey, a Rabbit called Fudge and a Rottweiler called Bruce. Thanks for starting these groups and congratulations. I think it's great and well done! Hello there Christinanicki!
thank you very much!Your bests sound lovely!
HI MARIE J,NICE TO MEET YOU,hugs to humphrey,fudge,bruce and you of course.
hi danilo xxxx
HI Danilo and everyone else (Hi Marie)
I have one dog, golden retriever named Coby, 2 long hair black and white (tuxedo) cats one female, Kaylee and one male, Samuel (Sammy, or Sam), one cream shorthair tabby named Oliver and one shorthair brown and black tabby named Vincent or Vinnie. I also have 2 parakeets one male he is blue and named---get ready--Blueboy, lol (my husband named him) and a yellow and green female named Woodstock. Lastly I have 2 fish freshwater fish, an irredecsent shark and a silver dollar. Plus we feed the squirrells, birds and bees and butterflies! Whew.
I do love these groups you have created Danilo! Great job!
@Sandi C I love that image!
@Lisa Wow all your pets sound lovely!Thank you.
All of Sandi's pics are always awesome!!
I just love to sometimes have a day to spend with my pets. And when I am sick they are always right by my side comforting and doctoring me!
Aww lovely Lisa
Lisa that is so very true and there are many studies to proof it.Animals help us through difficult times,calm us down,lower our blood pressure,relax us,and just plain make us feel soooo good.
AN ARTICLE I FOUND I THOUGHT YOU ALL MAY BE INTERESTED IN.
We all love our furry little friends, but pets are far more therapeutic than we give them credit for. They lower of blood pressure, reduce stress, slash heart attack risk, prevent allergies and help heal our bones, muscles and tendons. Besides that, a pet gives you something to care for and thus provides some structure for your life. The healing power of purrs alone is beyond impressive.Though it has been shown that the presence of a friendly pet can have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure, it's not clear that a person actually has to own the animal to get the effect. Still, Dr. Friedman, a pioneer of pet-facilitated therapy, concludes that since heart disease and other stress-related diseases are so common in our society, it can't hurt to recommend pets for their calming effect, at least for people who like animals and are willing and able to undertake the responsibility of owning one.
People have interacted with companion animals since the beginning of history, and that interaction may belong as much to the realm of common sense as to science. If a pet adds joy to your life and makes you feel better or more secure in your home, or provides entertainment and structure, you hardly need scientific proof of the benefits.
Prevent Heart Disease
According to a new American Heart Association scientific statement, having a pet might lower your risk of heart disease. The recent statement is published online in the association's journal Circulation.
"Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is probably associated with a decreased risk of heart disease," said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and chair of the committee that wrote the statement after reviewing previous studies of the influence of pets.
Research shows that:
- Pet ownership is probably associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors and increased survival among patients. But the studies aren't definitive and do not necessarily prove that owning a pet directly causes a reduction in heart disease risk. "It may be simply that healthier people are the ones that have pets, not that having a pet actually leads to or causes reduction in cardiovascular risk," Levine said.
- Dog ownership in particular may help reduce cardiovascular risk. People with dogs may engage in more physical activity because they walk them. In a study of more than 5,200 adults, dog owners engaged in more walking and physical activity than non-dog owners, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity.
- Owning pets may be associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a lower incidence of obesity.
- Pets can have a positive effect on the body's reactions to stress.
"In essence, data suggest that there probably is an association between pet ownership and decreased cardiovascular risk," Levine said. "What's less clear is whether the act of adopting or acquiring a pet could lead to a reduction in cardiovascular risk in those with pre-existing disease. Further research, including better quality studies, is needed to more definitively answer this question."
Children who are exposed to household pets during infancy may run a lower risk of developing allergies to these animals later in life.
Researchers at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteborg, Sweden, studied data on 2,500 Swedish children and found that children exposed to pets during the first year of life had a lower rate of allergy rhinitis at ages 7 to 9 and lower rates of asthma at ages 12 to 13.
Researchers found that 3.3 percent of children exposed to pets during infancy had asthma at age 12 to 13 compared with 8.5 percent of children who had no exposure to household pets.
The study also found that children with early exposure to cats showed nearly half the rate of cat allergy when they were adolescents compared with kids not exposed to cats when they were babies.
Pet allergies are triggered by dander, or tiny skin flakes, from cats and dogs. Other studies have suggested children born during the peak of the pollen season have a lower risk of being allergic to pollen when they got older. This study appeared in Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
Stabilize Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs
A pet's calming influence may outperform drug therapy when it comes to reducing stress-related spikes in blood pressure.
"We've shown over and over that it's beneficial to be with a pet when you're under stress," explained Dr. Karen M. Allen of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She reported the findings at a meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA).
Numerous studies have found that pets improve the emotional and physical well being of their owners, especially the elderly. The Buffalo researchers' new findings suggest that Fluffy or Fido may even soothe the savage breasts of stress-prone Wall Street stockbrokers.
In their study, the investigators asked 48 stockbrokers to conduct in-home 'stress tests' aimed at producing temporary spikes in blood pressure. Prior to the study, the brokers lived alone and were diagnosed by their physicians as suffering from hypertension.
In initial stress tests, subjects were asked to either rapidly count backwards by 17 or try arguing their way out of a shoplifting charge. During these exercises, blood pressure levels reached an average peak of up to 184/126 mm Hg.
The stockbrokers were then prescribed the antihypertensive drug lisinopril. Half of the study participants also got a dog or a cat as a housepet.
The researchers repeated a second round of stress tests in the subjects' homes 6 months later. They report that in the brokers without pets, stress-induced blood pressure rose an average of 20 mm Hg, reaching highs of 141/94 mm Hg. Readings like these are "still high enough to be diagnosed as high blood pressure if sustained over a period of time," Allen pointed out.
The brokers who owned pets also had stress-related rises in blood pressure, but these rises were only half as high as those seen in the petless group. And with pets present, the broker owners had average systolic pressures (the first number in a reading, indicating pressure as the heart beats) of just 130 mm Hg -- well within the normal healthy range. Stress-related peaks in diastolic pressure (the second number in a reading, indicating the pressure between beats) were reduced by similar levels.
Pets may even outperform human companions when it comes to controlling hypertension. People with pets don't feel they're being evaluated. They're loved and accepted (by their pets)."
Good for Mind and Soul
People in stress mode get into a "state of dis-ease," in which harmful chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine can negatively affect the immune system, says Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and author of Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health.
Studies show a link between these chemicals and plaque buildup in arteries, the red flag for heart disease, says Justice.
Like any enjoyable activity, playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine -- nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties.
"People take drugs like heroin and cocaine to raise serotonin and dopamine, but the healthy way to do it is to pet your dog, or hug your spouse, watch sunsets, or get around something beautiful in nature," says Justice, who recently hiked the Colorado Rockies with his wife and two dogs.
If you're thinking of getting (or giving) a pet, remember the downside. Dogs and cats can be expensive and limiting. You have to provide for their care when you're away from home. They cause wear and tear on your clothing and furnishings, shed hair, and make messes you have to clean up. A barking dog may alienate your neighbors. Some people are allergic to animal dander. A dog must be socialized, that is, carefully trained in order to be a good pet. If infants or small children are part of the household, their relationship with a pet has to be supervised. It's never a one-way street. And pets are not a panaceaas, but for many people, the right pet is a real plus, well worth any trouble and expense.
Danilo I disabled the anonymous post in this group...my therory is if you are posting in a group all members should know who you are,so from now now on you cannot post anonymously in this group,it is your group though and you have the final decision,you can change it back if you want to.
Lisa you gave me an idea,let's start a thread about how our pets make us feel good,what we love most about them and ect....
Sorry but people might want to post annoymously and might not post anything after...
That is fine that is your decision.
Dianne stripes says thank you.
Thanks so much!