Citizens For Pets In Condos
Many condo owners are also pet owners. The lovable, furry friends have become a big part of condo life for many buildings and are a noteworthy topic of discussion in today’s real estate market. We’ve partnered with a specialty website focused on the benefits of living with animals and having pets in your condo. For instance, did you know having a pet in your household can have a positive impact on your blood pressure? Not to mention the added exercise and opportunities for social interaction you get from taking the dog for walks in the neighborhood. PetsInCondos.org offers advice and information about responsible pet ownership in condominiums, pet-related news and event, and insight to how some condo associations approach rules and regulations.
Benefits of Pets in Condos
Research by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Australia has shown that pet owners tend to be more resistant than non-pet owners to the onset and progress of heart disease. In their study of nearly 6000 people at risk for heart disease, results showed that those who owned pets had on average 2% lower blood pressure levels and tended to have lower cholesterol levels as well.
In 1990 researchers at UCLA found that pets could help reduce the amount of time you spend at the doctor's office. In a study of people 65 and older with pets, researchers saw that the subjects visited the doctor 16% less than pet less participants.
In 2001, Professor Allen of the State University of New York conducted a study of high blood pressure sufferers. Patients exposed to companion animals were found to have lower blood pressure than the control group who took medication alone. Measurement of heart rates also showed a significant difference, with 91 beats per minute for those without pet contact compared to 81 for pet owners.
A study by the US Department of Health concluded that having a pet increased the survival rate of heart attack victims - 28% of heart patients who spent time with pets survived serious heart attacks, compared to 6% of patients without. Another study revealed that the cholesterol levels of pet owners were 2% lower than the cholesterol levels of people without pets and the risk of those pet owners having a heart attack was reduced by 4%. Owning a pet can also reduce blood pressure and a US survey of 1,000 Medicare patients showed that there was a 40% decrease in doctor visits for those with animal companions. (Source http://www.seniordiscounts.com)
Pets Are More Than Best Friends
A new study shows pets may provide more support than your spouse or best friend when it comes to de-stressing. Researchers say spending time with a pet may do more to help an individual's stress level than talking to close friends and family members.
Researchers studied the responses of 240 married couples who either had one pet or who had a pet in the past five years. Of the half who did not have a pet, they each individually enlisted a same sex friend to partake in the study. Participants were exposed to mental arithmetic problems and asked to place a hand in ice water in order to test stress responses. The heart rate, blood pressure and number of correct answers to the math problems were measured as well. The tests were conducted in four environments. The participants were tested alone, with the presence of the spouse, with either the pet or friend, and with the spouse and pet or friend.
The participants who owned pets had decreased heart rates and blood pressure and made fewer arithmetic mistakes over those who did not own pets. Surprisingly, participants who were tested with their spouse alone had the most arithmetic mistakes.
Lead author of the study, Karen Allen, Ph. D., of the State University of New York at Buffalo, says, "While the idea of a pet as social support may appear to some as a peculiar notion, our participants' responses to stress, combined with their descriptions of the meaning of pets in their lives, suggest to us that social support can indeed cross species." She also added, "The findings demonstrated that pets can buffer reactivity to acute stress as well as diminish perceptions of stress."
SOURCE: Psychosomatic Medicine, 2002; 64:740-747
From The World Health Organization
Since 1977 the Delta Society has studied the link among pets, pet owners, and caregivers, and has found that frequent contact with pets contributes to higher one-year survival rates following coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and stress levels, improved quality of life for seniors... In addition, seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less often than those who do not, pet owners cope better with serious life problems, pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation..." (source: World Health Organization)Citizens FOR Pets in Condos is a 501-c3 tax exempt private operating foundation dedicated to increasing acceptance of companion animals in condos and other types of association-run housing. We educate the public about the health benefits of having animal companions and also advocate for responsible pet ownership/guardianship. Our motto: “creating a win-win situation for both people & pets.”