Most supermarkets or news stands you pass will undoubtedly have the latest magazines front and center and between Hollywood coverage and the latest recipes, Oprah Winfrey’s monthly publication will probably make an appearance.
In this past months issue, an article from Dr. Oz entitled “The Pet Prescription” was printed in bold lettering on the bright orange cover. On the article’s page, under the picture of Dr. Oz it stated “Having an animal in your home is great for your heart- and your waistline, your immunity, your blood vessels…” and I immediately wanted to see what he had to say, having had animals my entire life.
He begins his article by saying how happy his dog Rosie makes him when he gets home from a long day in the clinic or studio and how she is just wagging with excitement. The moment I read this, I immediately thought- you’re right; coming home to Padfoot and Nymphadora wagging and happy to see me does make me happy…. about 98 percent of the time. There is always that 2 percent of the time where they’ve done something while we were gone, even if it was only for a very short period of time. Example: Ryan had left to go to his office about four hours or so before I was due home, in this amount of time the two dogs had moved the couch and somehow chewed a 3″-4″ hole in our carpet and Padfoot had eaten most of the carpet padding underneath the hole. How did I figure out it was Padfoot? Because within the time it took me to walk in the door and change my shoes he had gotten sick in two different places. This resulted in Ryan and myself staying up all night with him to make sure he could pass however much he ate, luckily he was OK and we are very grateful that he did not need surgery or have any further complications from this. Needless to say, I wasn’t the happiest of pet parents when I came home that day.
The rest of the article points out some things that are fairly common with owning an animal, such as dog owners/families with dogs tend to be more active, pet owners tend to suffer from less allergies, pets can help reduce your blood pressure. “The” stands for those times, like above, where your pet will more than likely be raising your blood pressure rather than lowering it.
Most of the points medical professionals make regarding companion animals are true but there are going to be those times where your dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, whatever pet you have isn’t going to make you feel more calm and sometimes you are going to want to bash your head against a wall… but it isn’t going to be all the time. As long as you think the decision to get a pet through thoroughly before getting one, those 2 percent times will (for the most part) be easily swept under the rug.