3 unique ways science proves that animals are good for your health

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Apart from playing a vital role in your households, pets also act as your guardian angels and healers. They seem to have an aura that assists in curing medical and mental health conditions.

Here are some of the ways that have been scientifically proven that animals can be beneficial to your physical and mental well being.

The heart

In 2017, a scientific report was conducted to find out the correlation between dog ownership with the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. The outcome of the research stated that dog ownership in single and multi-person households reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement claiming that pets are advantageous for the human heart.  They act as alleviators for diseases that include CVD (cardiovascular disease), coronary heart disease as well as heart failures.

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 Pets can also help patients who are on the spectrum. A study in 2016 examined how pets can assist children who have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. This study focused on a sample size of 40 sets of parents of five-year-old children. The intent of this investigation was to find out whether there was any impact of dogs on these children. Half of the sample had their own pet dogs and the other half was thinking of bringing a pet into their family.

The outcome was that families who own pet dogs have seen prosocial behavior in their own kids despite the autism. It can be concluded that pets do  have helped kids ameliorate their attention span, communication, and social interaction skills. Autism Speaks also suggests that children with autism blend easier and find solace in pets as they provided them with unconditional and non-judgmental love.

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Equine Assisted Therapy


 A unique and intriguing concept that has been introduced fairly recently is equine-therapy. It is said to be extremely therapeutic to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Horses aid in spiritual, physical, psychological and occupational healing. Through research, it has been demonstrated that therapeutic horseback riding has substantially decreased PTSD symptoms. Statistics quoted by PTSDUK states that it has been seen that 66.7% of those individuals who have done horseback riding for three weeks have lower PTSD scores. That being said, a clinical psychologist must prescribe equine-assisted therapy to you based on your personal condition.

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About the Author: Netra Venkateshwaran

Anchor & Correspondent • A part time journalist but a full time animal lover. Netra is an avid traveler, a caffeine addict and a food enthusiast. She also has a keen interest in fashion and luxury designer wear!

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