A Helping Paw: How a Pet Can Improve Mental Health
Author: Cindy Aldridge (OurDogFriends.org)
Pets may be the closest thing to magic this world has. These cute, lovable companions can help turn a bad day around and they can literally reduce stress in humans. And while there’s no magic cure for mental illness, adopting a furry friend may just help you improve your mental health. Here’s how…
Pets teach you to be mindful.
You know how dogs act like they are never going to see them again when their human leaves the house? Okay, it’s a sad visual, but it’s a pretty good illustration of how pets truly live in the moment (as in, they can’t even comprehend that their human will be back in the future).
Pets teach us to live in the now. Mindfulness teaches us to deal with thoughts and feelings in a more healthy, productive way. And pets serve as more than a good example-- they help you practice mindfulness as well. Spending a few minutes watching your dog act like a doofus or marveling at how pretty your kitty is can take your mind of the things that bog you down.
Pets are the best listeners.
Often, people struggling with mental illness feel the need to verbally express how they’re feeling but are afraid to open up to people because they don’t want to be judged or bum anyone out. With a pet, you can sit down and vent all your insecurities and frustrations and they will just sit there and listen. They don’t judge you and as long as they’re spending time with their human, they aren’t going to be bummed out. However, if you go on a particularly long express fest, it wouldn’t hurt to give them a little treat to show your gratitude.
Pets get you moving.
Exercise can seriously help improve your mental health. It helps you let off steam and increases feel-good endorphins in the brain. Having a dog helps motivate you to get off the couch and get outside for a walk. Or if you are a cat person, maybe break out the mat for a session of kitty yoga in the living room (yes, it’s a real thing!). Whatever your activity, make it a habit as physical activity makes you less susceptible to mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Pets make you less lonely.
They don’t call dogs “man’s best friend” for nothing. And despite stereotypes, a study published by Oregon State University states that your cat would rather spend time with you than anything else. Suffice to say, adding a pet to your home can reduce the feelings of loneliness that often accompany mental health issues.
And it’s not just at home-- having pets can help you become more social with people as well. Taking your pup to the park gives you the chance to meet and chat with other dog lovers. And somehow cat people always find each other in social situations. Soon you could be one of those people obsessively pulling out your phone to show pictures of your furry friend to that stranger you just met… it’s quite the ice breaker!
When dealing with mental illness, it’s important to talk to your doctor and follow their professional, medical advice. However, if you’re already on the road to recovery but you are looking for a little boost to help you out, adopting a pet is a great idea. Pets help you live in the moment and are the perfect set of ears to vent your worries to. They help you become more physically active, which is proven to improve mental health as well. Finally, they are your constant companion that make you less lonely at home and help facilitate outside socialization as well.
Re-Locate with Your Dog the Right Way
When you own a dog, moving comes with a number of additional variables that can make moving day even more stressful than usual. Whether it’s the frenzy that comes with strange people moving around your furniture, the disruption of the normal walk schedule, or some confluence of uncertainties, moving with a dog is rarely easy.
However, more experienced people have gifted much advice to those seeking to limit stress when moving with your pup. Never fear, advice for worry-free relocation with your dog is here.
Create a Checklist Before Moving Day Arrives
Care.com has done the heavy-lifting of compiling a moving checklist specifically for dog owners. The list takes a week-by-week approach to moving-related tasks that gradually lighten the load as moving day approaches. Some of the more noteworthy pre-move tasks include considering anxiety meds for your dog, arranging for a dog-sitter on moving day (if you so choose), and ensuring that you have an adequate carrier or crate on hand.
Other checklists suggest shopping for all of the items you will need on moving day – travel-sized water and food kits, pee pads, and an ID collar, to name a few – well in advance. Organization in all facets of life includes some form of list-making, and this is no different when it comes to preparing yourself and your dog for a big move.
Get Your Stuff Together
Moving day is stressful for your pup, but you shouldn’t overlook your own needs and responsibilities when it comes to making the move. This means keeping a checklist for yourself and gathering personal items, documents, and other necessities that you’ll need to keep handy.
Trulia recommends that you have these 30 items ready on the day of the move. Some that most people will be liable to forget include toiletries, easy-to-make meals and/or ingredients, a solid pair of scissors, and duct tape. Keeping a file with essential documents is also imperative.
Other items, such as cell phone and computer chargers, additional batteries, cash, and medications for both you and your dog are more difficult to forget but equally as important to keep near.
Movers: Give them Notice
If you choose not to board your dog with a dog-sitting service or friend, it’s wise to give the moving service a heads up that you own a dog, and that it will be present in the home when they arrive. Some moving services have specific policies and regulations related to dogs, and finding out that a service may not be able to do their jobs, though rare, can throw a serious wrench in your moving day plans.
If you’re the owner of a large or medium-sized breed, be prepared to leave it in a separate room as the movers do their work. This will prevent any unforeseen flare-ups between the dog and these strangers, as well as any accidents related to the dropping of heavy items. For smaller breeds, consider holding the dog or keeping it in an unused room as you would for a larger breed as long as the movers are present.
In addition, the arrival of the movers can be the perfect time to take the dog for a long walk or a trip to the park. This will minimize the uncertainty and anxiety for all parties.
Relocation anxiety is real, both for dogs and humans. However, an owner can help reduce the sense of anxiety in both themselves and their furry friend by planning ahead and incorporating a checklist in their pre-move process. Once moving day comes, considerations involving the moving company, including advanced notice that you own a dog, will help ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible for everyone.
Author: Cindy Aldridge (OurDogFriends.org)
I was researching the history of the Traditional Yorkies...
Did you know Yorkies came from a mixture of 4 dogs?
The Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier,
Skye Terrier & Airedale Terrier.
These 4 made the Yorkieshire Terriers we have today...
I was looking at the Airedale terrier puppies and you can see why yorkie puppies are born black & tan, along with different hair textures. They take their shortness and long hair from the other 3 breeds...
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Our Cesar looks very similar to the Clyesdale Terrier which is now sadly (extinct) with naturally standing ears and rare silver coats..
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Yorkie Tail Docking – Should We Still Be Doing It?
Yorkie With His Tail
Hello, everyone.Thanks for visiting today. Recently Yorkie tail docking has become a very controversial subject.
The veterinary establishment opposes tail docking dogs solely for cosmetic reasons. The A.V.M.A. condemns the practice as an “unjustified mutilation. ” They want to see an end to tail docking from all breed standards.
The Jury’s Out On Docking
Many dog owners, breeders and veterinary surgeons believe docking is perfectly humane when done the right way. Most dog owners think that it prevents far more problems than it causes. They argue that like in the case of neutering docking is simply a reasonable animal management practice. I believe it should stay an option for dog breeders and owners.
Meanwhile the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals have worked very hard to pass laws banning tail docking. Since 2007, many countries have banned this practice.
For example you will see Yorkshire Terriers in Sweden, England or Australia with their natural tails.
The United States
In the United States the view here is split. Some people see Yorkie tail docking as traditional. They advocate maintaining the breed standard admitting that its cosmetic.
Others feel that it’s medically necessary. Those opposed to docking claim that the practice is cruel, painful, and totally unnecessary.
In the US, the large, highly respected American Kennel Club or A.K.C. the official conformation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed is to have a docked tail, to a medium length. If you are planning on showing your dog, you will need to have the docking done.
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Indie's New litter of Female Yorkie Available Puppies.
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Tiny Traditional yorkie females beautiful baby doll face, they will be ready for her new home at 9-12 weeks old. Up to date on shots, wellness checks and de-wormings before leaving.
Spring Fever Brings Puppy Fever
Spring has arrived and you have succumbed to your children’s endless requests for a puppy! The warmer weather seems like a good time to get a puppy and dog breeders often plan litters for the spring.
So, now what?
Decide on the Right Breed
Firstly, you need to decide on what breed of dog is going to be best fit for you and your family. Below are a few suggestions to help guide you in your decision-making process:
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An Abandoned Yorkie Was Found Caring For Her Two Babies...
BOTH KITTENS! Here’s a story that proves a mother’s love knows no boundaries.
A Yorkshire terrier was found abandoned in cage in a neighbor’s yard and she wasn’t alone. She had two little kittens that she had been caring for as her own. She was even nursing them.
Photographer Robyn Arouty heard about them through a friend. She immediately went to find them with her camera in hand. She took photographs of them and posted the story to her website RobynArouty.com.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all.
#1 – Turmeric Is Anti-Inflammatory
You may be thinking inflammation is only a problem for dogs with joint disease … but chronic, hidden inflammation is a silent killer. It’s the root of nearly all disease.
Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease … it’s all caused by inflammation.
Not all inflammation in the body is a bad thing. If your dog is exposed to viruses or bacteria, acute inflammation will release white blood cells to the body tissues and start the healing process. But chronic inflammation – the kind of low-grade inflammation that stays for weeks, months and even years – is the real culprit behind most degenerative and inflammatory health issues in your dog.
Researchers are finding that heart disease can be linked to dental disease. Chronic bladder infections can lead to bladder cancer. And they’re finding that chronic low-grade inflammation is a major driver of joint degeneration.
A 2014 study found that the curcumin found in turmeric (its active ingredient) outperformed ibuprofen in people with arthritis. But turmeric doesn’t just control the inflammation in joint disease …
Another 2004 study in Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) worked just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs … and worked better than both aspirin and ibuprofen.
Inflammation is the key driver of most disease in the body … and turmeric is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories either nature or medicine has to offer. Keep this in mind as we look at the next few reasons to give your dog turmeric.
#2 – Turmeric Can Treat And Prevent Cancer
So we know that chronic inflammation can lead to cancer and turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. And a UK study showed that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes from becoming cancer. So turmeric can help prevent cancer.
But turmeric can also treat cancer naturally. Nearly 1/3 of the studies done on turmeric are cancer research … and the results are very promising. It’s ben shown to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.
The American Cancer Society claims “Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.
Half of adult dogs today will get cancer, so turmeric could be a great way to protect your dog from inflammation and cancer.
#3 – Turmeric Can Relieve Arthritis Pain
We know that arthritis is the result of inflammation and turmeric can decrease inflammation in the body. But it can also relieve the pain and stiffness in arthritis … better than conventional pain medications.
In 2014 a group of researchers in Thailand published a study comparing the effects of curcumin vs ibuprofen treatment in patients with knee osteoarthritis. They found that curcumin worked just as well as ibuprofen to reduce pain … but without the gastrointestinal side effects experienced by the patients who took ibuprofen. Which brings us to the next benefit …
#4 – Turmeric Can Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects can be helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders. It’s been shown in several preclinical studies and uncontrolled clinical trials as having positive effects on gut inflammation and gut permeability.
Researchers at Hamamatsu South Hospital in Japan commented that curcumin’s “inhibitory effects on major inflammatory mechanisms […] and its unrivaled safety profile suggest it has bright prospects in the treatment of IBD.”
#5 – Turmeric Can Replace Steroids
Many dogs are on steroids for allergies and joint pain – but some studies show curcumin is just as effective as steroids. And the authors note: “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids.”
And a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology shows that combing curcumin with a steroid reduced the side effects of this dangerous medication.
And that’s the main benefit of turmeric – not only can it work just as well as many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it doesn’t carry the same nasty, unwanted side effects.
How To Give Your Dog TurmericSo if you’re ready to give your dog turmeric, there are a few things you need to know. The curcumin in turmeric is hard for your dog to absorb if it’s given by itself. So it’s important to combine turmeric with a healthy oil like coconut oil. This can increase the absorption significantly.
Dr Michael Greger MD also found that a phytochemical in black pepper called peperine that can increase the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000%. So you can’t give turmeric by itself and expect good results. But here’s a simple recipe you can make at home
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