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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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Cynthia

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

My chi has helped me with weight problems and diabetes cuz we go for walks and I'm not depressed anymore thxz to petunia🐾🐾

Cathy

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

That's wonderful Cynthia!

Beverly Crouch

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I have 2 rescue Chi they are 10 yrs. old they both have heart murmurs and the youngest has seizures we got them when they were around 3 months they both are the best, but now having a problem with there food we have try so many different kinds they are really picky eaters and they want to eat when they want to the Dr. said they would eat when there hungry the little one also has stomach problem when his stomach growls he wont eat for a day Dr. gave med. but nothing helps we stop giving him just enough cheese to get him to take his pills now we like put it down his throat very carefully he wont take peanut butter if stomach is ok he will take with a little ham or beef just to get it down any tips we would appreciate.We love your news letter

Cathy

Sunday 27th of September 2020

You have your hands full with your little one Beverly!

Carol Ajamian

Friday 25th of September 2020

This is a bit off the topic but I’m at my wits end. My puppy Pepper is a pure bred Chihuahua and is 10 months old. He hates to go outside or walk on a leash. He stiffens up and refuses to walk. All he wants to do is run back home. I’ve tried to just carry him awhile hoping to acclimate him to the outdoors but when I put him down he just pulls until I take him home. I must add that I have two Chihuahuas and they use puppy pads in the utility room and bathroom rather than going outside. My older dog has health problems and has trouble walking, his back legs are weak. He also suffers from seizures and has a collapsing trachea. Sorry this is so long. I love your newsletter and appreciate your tips.

Cathy

Friday 25th of September 2020

Good question Carol. If your other dog would walk too, that might make your puppy want to walk too but that doesn't sound like an option. A training class like the kind they have at PetCo or PetSmart would probably help but with the COVID stuff, they probably isn't an option now either. If you want, I can ask on the Facebook page to get more ideas.

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.