Nov 9, 2001


Chiara is still sick so I've being taking Nala out for her morning walk. This morning we went to buy flowers at Piazza Carioli and Nala sniffed the flowers as she waited for me.

Numerous studies have shown that pets - or at least the presence of animals - can have medical benefits that are beyond dispute. These range from lowering blood pressure to lessening anxiety and depression and even to faster healing times after surgery.
Other studies have shown that:
Senior adults who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 100 Medicare patients, those who owned dogs made 21 percent fewer visits to a physician than non-dog owners;
Pet owners have lower blood pressure, and one study showed that just 10 minutes in the company of an animal significantly reduced blood pressure rates;
Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners;
Pet owners have overall better physical health due to exercise with their pets;
70 percent of families surveyed reported an increase in family happiness and fun after acquiring a pet;
Children exposed to pets during their first year of life have a lower frequency of some allergies and asthma;
Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation in their owners;
Having a pet may decrease heart attack mortality rates by 3 percent, which translates into 30,000 lives saved annually;
Positive self-esteem in children is enhanced if the child owns a pet;
Children owning pets are more likely to be involved in sports, hobbies, clubs or even chores.



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