When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental healthEven those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for ways to further improve their mood, reduce stress, and manage their day-to-day mental health. It can be empowering to make positive life changes. While time restrictions and financial limitations may affect some people’s ability to make such changes, we all have […]
The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 per cent reduction in risk of death and 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during later follow-ups compared to single non-ownersA team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. A total […]
Obesity can affect not only humans but our pets too. We, as people try and keep a check on our weight, so why can't we do the same for pets? It is important to maintain the weight of the pets as they may also face the health problems similar to us. Veterinarians advise that wrong dietary habits and lack of exercise can lead to obesity in pets and can prove harmful to them in the long-runA daily workout or an exercise may help you keep fit and healthy! But, imagine if you don’t shed that extra ounce on your belly, then what will happen? You will go on to put on some weight and then it may result in you becoming obese or fat. But have you ever taken a […]
In the study, a series of surveys and mental health tests were administered to assess each owner's overall state of mind. In the end, the team determined that symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or stress were notably higher among those caring for sick or dying petsAs much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its human, when a beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll can be high. In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant ‘caregiver burden’ on its owner, new research finds. “Think of the phrase, ‘Giving until […]
We all love our pets, but how close is too close and what are the risks of getting infected from them?
There are some other bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites you can get from your pets, but you get the point by now. Zoonotic diseases are real, and some of them are scaryPet owners usually fall into one of two camps when it comes to being affectionate with their animals. Either they give them lots of hugs and kisses without a care in the world, or they’re cautious and keep animals’ mouths far away from their faces. If you fall into the former camp, are you putting […]
Pets do bring many laughs and memories, but they can also bring unwelcome sicknessWhether you’re the proud owner of a cuddly kitten, a loyal, fun-loving dog, or a cute hamster, chances are that you get many things from your pet — unconditional love, good company, and reduced stress,. And Unfortunately, scores of infectious organisms — from bacteria to fungi to viruses — can also be transmitted from your pet to […]