Pets can decrease your risk of heart disease, controlling the stress and sometimes can “smell” some serious diseases. In fact, the more you attached to your pet, its positive influence on your health is greater.
The positive effects on health:
“Friends of people for many years, only now the birds have been recognized for good effects on human health,” said Dr. Gregg Takashima. Like fish, these creatures bring nature into your home, having a relaxing effect on you and even energizing. It is not necessary to buy a cage and keep them at home, experts say. If you look in the yard, the effect on health is the same.
They, like other “pocket pets” such as guinea pigs. They can also help children to experience the idea of responsibility and appreciation for life or death. However, American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend having animals to people who have children younger than 5 years since hamsters are carriers of salmonella.
Zootherapy and health benefits
Animals listed above, and others (eg, rabbits, dolphins, donkeys or cows) are used by professionals for therapeutic purposes, which is called zootherapy action. This is a program of care that a therapist uses in order to maintain or improve the problems of psychological, emotional or social in their specific categories of patients. Thus, some pets help children with different disabilities in recovery, is beneficial to the elderly who have lost certain skills, help stressed individuals to overcome difficult moments in their lives and the list goes on.
Zootherapy is used in hospitals, nursing centers for children with disabilities, etc.. Therapies in which dolphins were used, for example, have helped autistic children to develop concentration and memory capacities. Also useful for patients because makes them more responsive to drug therapy and to overcome fear and pain.
What animals should not grow in the house?
Specialists points out, however that is not appropriate for some animals to be raised in the house because it is a health hazard to people. These include:
turtles – they are carriers of salmonella and transmit the virus that could endanger your health;
primates – experts warn that, besides the fact that they may become violent, monkeys or chimpanzees can transmit diseases such as smallpox or tuberculosis;
skunks – these animals are more popular abroad. However, if you have such an animal to your house, know that is not appropriate for your health.
Experts warn that they can transmit rabies.