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5 effective natural home remedies for your pet 

Since deciding to focus on natural holistic solutions to pet health more than 25 years ago one of my stated objectives has been cutting down the number of times my clients have to bring their pets to see me at the clinic.
 
Of course, if your pet has a serious issue, a visit to their friendly vet should be the first port of call, but for minor injuries and ailments there are some very simple effective home remedies I thought I’d share with you here today.
 
All items mentioned in this article are easy to buy at your supermarket or health food store, or you may even have them in your cupboard already!
 

Health Benefits of Pet Ownership for Older Australians

Historically, Australia has been considered a relatively youthful country. In more recent times, the demographic has changed to a higher proportion of older citizens. Generally, older Australian’s would prefer to live healthily and independently for as long as possible. An ever-growing body of research has now established links between pet ownership and better physical and mental health in our senior citizens.
 
There has always been a general belief that having pets around enhances one’s life: “Man’s Best Friend”. But is there more to it than just a sloppy lick on the hand? Apparently the physical benefits are numerous including: reduced risk of developing heart disease with pet owners showing lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners, according to the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne. An International Federation on Ageing (IFA) report says pet ownership encourages exercise. This can be by getting older folks out and about on walks or playing in the garden at home. A Canadian study showed that older pet-owners had a slower deterioration of their abilities to perform activities of daily living - really important when one is wanting to remain independent as an older person. Pet owners have better self-reported health, visit the doctor less often and have lower pharmaceutical expenses too.
 
The IFA report also suggests that the mental health and social benefits may be even more numerous: including decreased feelings of loneliness, increased social interaction with others, increased confidence and sense of responsibility. Pets provide a wonderful physical outlet for cuddling and caring for another being, something that is often missing for older people living on their own. Studies have shown that pets play an important role in reducing stress and bereavement in older folks, especially those that had recently lost a spouse. Furthermore, investigating the effectiveness of Animal-assisted Activities in nursing homes showed ‘significant improvements in depression’ in patients suffering from the illness and improvements in alertness and interaction in dementia patients are well known too.