According to the 2011-2012 APPA (American Pet Products Association) National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which translates to 72.9 million homes.
The reasons for having pets vary, but I would venture to say that most people would cite that it is because pets make such wonderful companions. Pets such as dogs and cats provide us with undying love and loyalty (maybe more true for dogs than cats), but many studies have shown that pet ownership also provides us with many health benefits.
One study found that blood pressure was lowered in stressful situations of individuals with hypertension when they adopted a dog or cat. (Dr. Karen Allen, State University of New York at Buffalo)
Stress (especially in males) is often found to be lower in pet owners, as walking with pets can sooth nerves and provide a sense of relaxation. (Josephine M. Wills, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, United Kingdom)
Because they provide faithful companionship, pets may help prevent heart disease by improving psychological stability in their owners. (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)
Pet owners make fewer trips to the doctor, especially for medical conditions which are not serious, lowering health care costs for the owners (which they apparently then spend on pet care!). (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)
Pets can ease loneliness and depression in all people, but especially in senior citizens, giving them a sense of security. Dogs have been used very effectively to provide therapy in retirement homes, foster care homes, hospitals, and at locations of traumatic events or disasters.
Given our relationships with our pets, it may not be surprising that Americans spent $48.35 billion dollars on our pets in 2010, and it was estimated that number would increase to $50.84 billion dollars for 2011. Of the $48.35 billion dollars spent on our pets in 2010, $13.01 billion was spent on vet care, and another $10.94 billion was spent on supplies and over the counter medications. All this during a recession! Obviously, we really love our pets!
Many pet owners have found that using Infratonic Therapy on their pets has been really beneficial, helping their pets heal, or at least to ease their suffering. Here are some testimonials from some users of Infratonic Therapy:
“Quest, a 3 year old Labrador with a medial cruc. tear in the left knee was limping for 2 weeks. The scheduling of surgery was due in one week. In five treatments (before the surgery deadline) quest received 30 minutes at several points along the leg and tailbone (Mind). Surgery was postponed. After the first two treatments, the limping vanished; running and walking restored.”
Ashley Rowan, LMT
“I have a 13 year old Labrador who was misdiagnosed with hermangiosarcoma, later to discover it was an undiagnosed chronic disease. I have borrowed an Infratonic QGM and used it on my dog for the past 6 weeks, needless to say she is running again, playing, and eating on her own. I thought I was going to lose her because of the cancer, or a stroke – whatever the case may be, but this machine has become my answer. I purchased one and use it on my dog with the transducer placed above her kennel for 4 hours each day. She bounces out of her kennel, her blood work is normal again, all without using any drugs. Thank you, and Shamie thanks you as well.”
“Recently my neighbor’s dog almost lost an eye in a dogfight. I was amazed how the dog quieted right down when I put the CHI [Infratonic] machine directly on his eye. His eye was slightly infected also. It healed his eye in record time and the infection went away too. A doctor may claim the effect of CHI [Infratonic] is all in people’s heads, but when I saw the amazing effect it had on that dog, any doubt I may of had disappeared at that moment.”
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