a pet is a stress buffer and the closer the bond, the greater the relief.
Within 15 to 30 minutes in the presence of a cat, dog or even swimming fish, your body responds.
Levels of the hormone cortisol drops and the “feel good” chemical serotonin increases.
Some doctors now actu
ally recommend patients get a pet — a furry prescription!
Read article. I’ve long advocated the importance of close animal companions–for their sakes as well as ours.
Paying close attention to them teaches us a great deal.