Understanding Pets: Going Beyond the Normal

Crystal ballPet owners have been trying to communicate with their animal companions for many years now, whether through professional trainers or science. Recently, however, people have gone beyond the usual and into the paranormal.

Pet psychics, pet tarot cards, telepathy – these non-traditional methods are now being used by pet owners to better understand their pets. Dog owner Andrea Gladstone used a deck of 30 tarot cards and guidebook to know more about their said dog’s behavior. “It’s more the fun of it than the life lessons to be learned,” she.

Pet psychics have been making a living out of curious pet owners for some time now. Jocelyn Kessler, who said she started doing telepathy when she tried talking to her dog, is now an author on the subject. Sonya Fitzpatrick hosts a radio talk show and workshops for inquisitive pet owners.

Veterinarians warn pet owners of the possible risks of using these services when dealing with behavior or medical issues.

Source: Pet Owners Turn to Non-Traditional

Owning A Pet Is Heart Healthy

Girl and puppyThere are many joys and benefits of pet ownership. One very important benefit just might be that owning a pet is good for the owner’s health.

According to the American Heart Association, pet owners have a decreased risk of heart disease. Research has shown that dog ownership may be particularly beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk. Dog owners tend to engage in more physical activity, which is beneficial for the heart.

Other heart-healthy benefits of pet ownership may include lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, pets have been proven to have a positive influence on the body’s ability to handle stress, which is another heart disease risk factor.

Researchers believe that there is a high correlation between pet ownership and a decrease risk of heart disease for the owner. However, they caution that it may be that people who own pets tend to be healthier (rather than pet ownership actually reducing heart disease) and further research is needed to determine if a person with a pre-existing condition would lessen his/her cardiovascular risk by adopting a pet.

Source: Pets may help reduce your risk of heart disease

Valuable Lessons Learned From Pets

BlackboardPart of the responsibility of being a pet owner is taking on the role of teacher. A pet owner provides his/her pet with a great deal of instruction. Sometimes instruction takes the form of conveying necessary commands, as in teaching a dog to come when called. Other times the lesson may be a matter of convenience, such as training a cat to stay off of the kitchen counter. And still other times, instruction may be just for fun, as in teaching a parrot to say “pretty boy.”

However, have you ever thought about the roles of teacher and student being reversed? That is to say, what have you learned from your pet? Giorgio Migliaccio discusses how pet owners would do well by heeding the lessons that our pets subtly provide us each day.

Source: Lessons we can learn from our pets