Thomas Ramey Watson

Companion animals lower stress

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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.

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