Pet Peeves: Health Benefits of having pets

Hey friends!  Mia and Dexter here with the scoop.

We sure do love our mommy and daddy; they feed us and play with us and take us for jogs.  In fact, sometimes I think mommy likes us even more than Jordin (but, shhhhh).  So, since they take such wonderful care of us, we thought we’d do something nice back – we’re keeping them healthy.

That’s right, for all you lovely pet-parents out there, we practically have magical healing powers.  For example, did you know that babies living in households with dogs have 31% fewer respiratory tract infections and 44% fewer ear infections? Yeah. And having us pets around decreases the likelihood that your child will develop allergies later in life.

We’re not just good for babies though!  We help adults maintain lower blood pressure levels and live longer after heart attacks.  Alzheimer’s patients suffer fewer outbursts of anxiety if they have pets, and, get this, during the medical screenings of people 75 and over, insurance agencies will ask about the ownership of a pet as potential points in their favor.

Even the effects of our constant affection and love can be shown by scientific evidence; petting and playing with us boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine in humans while decreasing amounts of chemicals like cortisol, a hormone that is linked to stress.

So, to all you moms and dads of fur-people, you’re welcome. Now let’s play fetch!

Pet Peeves: Chicken Jerkey

Mia Skateboard

Hey Friends!  Mia here with the scoop.  A lot has been going on in my life lately – I’ve been learning to skateboard and I even found a couple new toys!  Most recently, I found a turtle.  “Mr. T,” he likes to be called.  He’s just great and a little like a walking rawhide.  Daddy killed my other new toy though.  Maybe you’ve heard of it – it was called a “snake.”  It was long and skinny and it writhed around all on its own like it was playing with me too.  Unfortunately, when Mommy saw it she started screaming, and Daddy came and whacked it with a big shovel.  Oh well.  At least I still have Mr. T… If I can find him again.

Mia & Mr. T

 

But the bad news doesn’t stop there.  Some of my friends were telling me about these “chicken jerky” treats, and it turns out,

they’re really bad for us dogs.  Some of my canine pals have gotten really sick from eating them.  A lot of dogs have even died from them.

  The jerky treats were manufacture

 

d in China, and are currently being investigated by the FDA, so until they’ve been officially recalled, watch out for these brands:

  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by Del Monte Corp.
  • Waggin’ Train, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Canyon Creek Ranch, also produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

Human-folks, we pups trust you to protect us and keep us safe and healthy, so please, watch our tails and don’t feed us these treacherous treats.