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The Healing Power of Dogs

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The Healing Power of DogsOur dogs are such amazing little creatures. They are part of our families. They love us unconditionally and we love them! Did you know they have healing powers too?

What got me thinking about this is that one of our members in our facebook group posted this photo:

McKinley helping her daddy

And she talked about how her husband was in the hospital fighting liver cancer. His blood pressure was way too high and they couldn’t seem to get it down…until McKinley came to visit her daddy. Then it dropped down to completely normal. Lynda (McKinley’s mom) says that Mckinley and brother Rascal helped her when she went through chemotherapy for 2 years and now it’s her husband’s turn.

Another member Tina-Marie told about how her Chihuahua Nalla warns her when Tina-Marie is about ready to have a seizure. I find that fascinating.

Dogs and Mental Health

Some people now get their dogs certified as emotional support dogs. And they really do help with our emotional well being. Watch this video of  how this dog helps a boy with Autism.

Dogs have helped veterans suffering P.T.S.D. deal with their flashbacks. They help emotionally traumatized children to heal.

I know my dogs have helped me deal with some traumatic events in my life. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have them to turn to.

Dogs and Physical Health

We have heard about dogs being able to sniff out cancer. And I mentioned above how they can also warn someone when that person is about to have a seizure.

It has been proven in many studies that petting a dog has a calming effect on our bodies. Our blood pressure is lowered. The University of New York found in a study of stockbrokers who were being treated for hypertension, that almost half of those who adopted a dog, lowered their blood pressure enough that they were able to go off their medication for it.

dogs help kids with allergies

In the August 2002 edition of the Journal of The American Medical Association there was an article on the results of a study showing that children who grow up with pets have a reduced chance of allergies and asthma.

Dr. Erika Friedmann of Brooklyn College found in a study that those heart attack victims that owned a dog, were 8 times more like to survive one year after suffering the heart attack.

dogs help people lower blood pressure

Dr. Jeff Burgess, a physician at the University of Washington Pain Center says “By initiating and maintaining the relaxation response pets can take people’s focus off of their pain and elevate their moods. Secondly, through touch or physical contact they can block transmission of their pain from the periphery to the central nervous system shutting the pain processing centers down.”

So in other words, pets help us deal with pain.

Health Benefits to Seniors

There have been studies that show that elderly people who own dogs help delay dementia. That’s because taking care of a dog helps the person to have something to focus on. Dog ownership also provides them with exercise, companionship and gives them something to live for.

elderly couple

I have personal experience with this. After my mother’s beloved dog Prince died, she just seemed to lose interest in living and felt like she no longer had a reason to get up most mornings. She passed away about a year after her dog died.

Dogs truly are God’s little furry angels sent to earth to help us. Do you agree?

Has your dog helped you heal? I’d love to know your story. Let us know in the comments.

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Margaret

Monday 18th of May 2020

My doctor had me register Charley as a medical alert. He wakes me up if my nose is going to bleed. He has also woke me up when I’m going to have a Menieres attack. He woke me up to let me know something was wrong with my husband. His sugar had dropped to 26 and he was out. Called the EMT and they said give more minutes he would have been in a coma. So he is ok now. I’m so glad we have this little boy. He has really been a life saver. We love him so much.

Cathy

Monday 18th of May 2020

What a little hero he is!

Karen Itterman

Saturday 21st of September 2019

My husband and I got our Chihuahua Winter on Boxing Day. The 4th of January my husband suddenly passed away. If I hadn't had my very tiny chi to look after and love when he passed I'd likely just stayed in bed and pined away. She was my reason for living. I never would have survived without her. She's my special baby.

Cathy

Saturday 21st of September 2019

I'm so glad your chi was there for you when you needed her the most.

Dianna Allison

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

My two Chihuahuas sure help me with my stress. And Chio helped me when I was going through chemo treatments for cancer. I cannot live without my little girls, they are the best in the world for me and I have had them certified as emotional support animals.

Cathy

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

They really are the best in the world Dianna. I'm so glad you have your fur babies to help you through your health problems.

Deb

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Our Ted is my husbands therapy partner. Husband has had to knee and one hip surgery I work all day where he is retired. Ted gets him walking everyday! We had big dogs before such as bouvier and Shepard’s but as my husband fits to keep his balance I knew we could not get a big dog we went to the Durham humane society and met our first chihuahua buddy he had been for 3 yrs due to high fear aggression after visiting him for 5 wks (short story) we took him home Buddy was our first intro to chihuahuas and now we love the characteristics of the breed. No one could believe we got one. We rescue the geriatric chis they are really much easier to train then the young ones we don’t get to keep them long but they have a great home this is our third

Cathy

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

I love your story Deb and I love how you are helping senior chis too! Thanks for sharing.

Hazel Belanger

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

My Chi was lost in the woods for 7 days, she weighed 2 lbs. 6 oz. at the time . I prayed for her return and on the seventh day a farmer plowing his field saw her , he said later I never get off my tractor but someone spoke to hm and told him to get off and check it out . I was s o thrilled that God answered my fervent prayers that I just want anyone reading this to know God is alive and He hears and answers prayer . I took the little dog to the vet and she was amazed at her condition because it was a very hot week with the Bush full of flys and bugs not to mention all the wild animals that could have eaten her .i changed her name to Karma !

Torri Chapman

Friday 20th of September 2019

Thats so awesome ! I am a very strong Christian, and definitely wouldn't be alive today if I wasn't. God has helped my little Chloe and I through many hard times and illnesses. I almost lost her last year because of chicken dog treats I bought at Wal-Mart. They were imported from China, and she got Fanconi's Syndrome from eating them. It is a very dangerous disease that affects kidneys. Vets told me she may not pull through it, which would have devastated me. She is my precious little baby. Very loving, kind and affectionate. We are together all the time. She got me through the loss of my Chi named Daphnie, that I had for 15 years, and lost to heart problems. I got Chloe a few weeks after her death. Anyways, lots of love and prayers are what got Chloe well. And in just 3 months. Vet was amazed at her expediant recovery, and basically said it was a miracle. I said yes, a miracle from God. I often read the Bible out loud so Chloe can enjoy it too, when I do my Bible studies, and was doing that a whole lot during her illness. So, she is a Christian too, I believe. And I also sing her Christian songs when she isn't feeling well, or having that breathing issue that Chis sometimes get, the one referred to as goose honking. So far, singing those songs to her, gets her through those very quickly every time. Have a blessed eve...

Cathy

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Wow Hazel, that's amazing that she survived! Thanks for telling us about it! I love miracle stories.