By taking care of your pet you can improve your physical and mental health.
Did you know that the hormone Oxytocin, which is secreted when the body experiences pleasure, is also secreted when a pet and its owner experience positive interactions with each other?
The stronger the bond between the person and their pet, the greater the possibility that the person will secrete this hormone, creating states of happiness and also of health.
It has been proven that having a close relationship with your pet and interacting with it regularly, appear a number of benefits in your life. For example, petting a pet for about 10 minutes or more can quickly relieve daily stress and lower your blood pressure. Your pet’s company can also improve your mental health by avoiding depression.
Your children will also benefit as several studies show that children who have grown up with pets are healthier, those who have lived with dogs or cats in their first year of life have fewer ear infections, respiratory problems, and allergies than children who don’t have pets.
Studies show that people who care for their pets may also be healthier because taking them for a walk or run and also playing actively with them is an exercise that has a positive impact on their body and mind. In particular, health benefits have been demonstrated by decreasing the rate of cardiovascular problems.
Very specifically dogs can also help people with certain health problems such as epilepsy and cancer, as certain dogs can be trained to detect these problems before they occur or just at the time they are starting.
Essential medical care to protect your pet
Did you know that by taking care of your pet you are taking care of your family?
Like a child, your pets need medical care from the first few weeks of life. Otherwise, they can become infected with possible parasites and diseases that can make your family sick. So protecting your family means giving your pet good health.
Now, do you know what zoonotic diseases are? They are those that are transmitted from an animal to a human being. It can be any animal, for example, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, farm animals, wild animals, among others. However, in the case of pets, most zoonotic diseases are usually controllable, having good hygiene habits and keeping track of vaccines and internal and external parasites.
Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when caring for your pet.
If your pet is an adult, take it for an annual check-up with your vet. Dogs and cats should be vaccinated once a year against the most common diseases (rabies, distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus, among others). In some specific cases, you should be vaccinated against other diseases, such as in Brazil, where vaccination against Leishmania is recommended.
Your vet will recommend how often you should deworm your pet against internal parasites. De-worming is commonly done by administering one tablet every three months. The type of deworming will depend on where you live, as different parasites can occur in different places. For example, it is common to find cases of heartworm in tropical locations near the beach.
Ask your vet which external pest control regimen is best for your pet. It is common to use pipettes with oil in the coat of the dog or cat every month. Medicated baths are also common. With this, you will be able to control fleas, ticks, mites, etc. Beware! Don’t use dog products on cats. They can be toxic.
If you have a puppy or kitten, take it to the vet in its first days or at the time of being acquired for revision. Puppies and kittens need 3 or 4 rounds of vaccinations and deworming before the age of 4 months.
Clean your cat’s litter box at least once a day. There are particular organisms, such as toxoplasma, that can be completely avoided if cleaning is done daily. If you are pregnant, wear gloves to clean the sandbox.