Dog Therapy

Heart Health.

Man’s best friend may be you hearts best friend. Yes that was a dog you saw going down the hospital hallway.

Scientist carefully monitored heart patient’s response to visits from a volunteer alone, a volunteer with a therapeutic dog and to no visits. Patients visited by a volunteer alone had a 10% drop in their anxiety level, those visited by a volunteer and a dog had a 24% decline in their anxiety level according to a standard rating scale. Doctors are experimenting with pets staying with patients. All the patients in the tests are asked to participate and are selected only if they aren’t afraid of animals and want to join the program.

“The novel study, presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting, is one of the first to use scientific measurements to document that therapeutic dogs lower anxiety, stress and heart and lung pressure among heart failure patients.”

“You can see it on their face, first you see a smile and then you see the worries of the world roll off their shoulders,” said Kathie Cole, a nurse at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center who led the study. Leslie Kern, director of cardiac research for the heart institute at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., said such visits help make patients’ lives more normal.

“I’m not surprised at all that something that makes people feel good also makes them feel less anxious, has measurable physiological effects,” said Dr. Marc Gillinov, a cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic who was not involved in the study.” – Associated Press

Maybe we all should keep a nice friendly dog around on a daily basis to relieve our stress level every day. I know I enjoy meeting our pets at the end of the day when I come home.

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12 thoughts on “Dog Therapy”

  1. My dog Promise provides our family with benefits such as companionship and laughter and comfort (and keeping my feet warm when he lays on them). It’s nice to know he may also be providing physiological benefits as well!

    1. I agree!! The unconditional love and loyalty of man’s best friend is very reassuring and comforting. I know a dog named Shadow who has a 6th sense and can I D emotional conditions in his masters and in their friends. He knows exactly how to deal with each individual who comes into his ken and he responds appropriately in almost every situation. His keen intelligence is most amazing.
      I know another dog named Roxy. She is by far a most clever little chick and commands attention wherever she goes. She is a pudgy little pug and just looking at her brings joy to one’s heart.
      I also know a little lady named Diamond. She is a princess and acts the part and expects us to do accordingly as one would and should treat royalty.
      Now there’s a dog named Chelsea! She is a real beauty and she knows how to drive and shop and ride a bike, but of course the trouble is…no one will ever let her.
      Then there is a “good-‘ol-boy” named Ranger. Now he just loves everybody and it’s ok with him whatever you want to do. He just wants to be in on it and feel wanted. Well, he is!!!!
      These “dog-on-alities are varied, individual and precious. What a good God to give us DOGS! Thanks, Gary for the insight.

  2. I WAS TOLD LONG AGO BY MY GRANDMOTHER THAT DOG SPELT BACKWARDS WAS GOD, AND THAT EVERYONE NEED HIM AND THEM. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT HOW MUCH THEY BOTH HAVE IN COMMON. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEED THEM. NO MATTER HOW MAD YOU GET THEY STILL LOVE YOU WITH ALL THEY HAVE. THEY ARE THE HAPPIEST WHEN YOU COME HOME AND ALWAYS GIVE YOU THAT SPECIAL GREETING THAT WARMS YOUR HEART. THEY ARE THERE WHEN YOU NEED A GOOD CRY AND ALWAYS LISTEN WITH OUT INTERRUPTING. AND MOST OF ALL THEY ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE FAMILY. ———-JERSEY

    1. Our Shadow (sheltie) is just that our shadow. I have never heard the teaching like your Grandmother gave you but it sure is special as we do love our doggies. What a special lady.

  3. We have two very wonderful and loving pups named Eddie and Pickles. They keep us grounded and provide unconditional love. I totally agree with the idea that pets can help a person’s health. My Grandpa spent some time in a Rehab facility before his passsing and all the little old people loved to see the therapy dogs come in. Even I loved to see them. It helped me feel confident that there were people and pets there to take care of him when I was living far away. My husband and I would be lost without our girls! They are a huge part of our family.

    1. It’s nice to know therapy dogs are fulfilling such a need for patients and their families as well.
      By the way how did your dog Pickles get her name?

      1. We had Eddie first and adopted pickles from the Briggs Shelter to be Eddie’s friend. She is of the “cute” breed. (A mutt.) We named Eddie, even though she was a girl, after my Grandpa (Edward). We picked her up when we got back from my Grandpa’s funeral. Her mom was pure bred English Bull dog and Dad was a stray black lab. We just couldn’t think of another name so I started naming things in the kitchen as a joke. When I hit “Pickles” Steve said “That’s the name” and we went with it.

  4. If you have a good dog and train it right there is no limit to the benefits they will bring you.
    A lady called me this week and said “I got a dog from you 2 years ago and it bonded w/my husband and child. This dog is like a human. I want another of your dogs”. Without advertising I get calls from �word of mouth’ about my dogs; folks looking to buy as well as people I have sold to before looking to buy a 2nd dog for them and family.
    American Bulldogs and Old English are the ones that I have now. More people oriented than any dog I know of. I have never heard of them hurting one human and they would die to protect you. If you have need of a bulldog call me 252-799 -9715
    Wallace

  5. I have four very special friends that are dogs and if it were not for one very special little pug dog Roxy there would be many not too happy days for me I look forward to her coming home more than people really know I have even named my computor after her….she is indeed a Godsend friend to me and guess what shes not even mine…but thats ok …shes still my best friend…and I love her like she loves me unconditionally…..dj

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