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|Tips on How Pet Owners Can Save Dollars on Furry Friends, Keeping the Family Together|
|Written by Steve Dale|
The economic downturn has meant unemployment and hardship. For many pets, it’s meant death. There’s no nice way to put what’s happening, at least in some places around America.
While according to all polls on the subject, upwards of 90 per cent of pets are considered family members, but apparently it doesn’t mean their status is beyond disposable. I truly don’t mean to judge. I can’t imagine the real anguish many families are experiencing. Some experts say we’re living through the most dramatic economic swing since the Great Depression. Back then, there weren’t over 250 million household pets.
At many shelters across America, intake is up, as countless previously loved and reasonably well cared for pets are given up on. At some places animals are just dumped on the street or into the woods. Animals are even being left in foreclosed homes, sometimes near starvation or worse when they’re discovered.
While for some relatively lucky ones, the economic slide simply means going without a new winter doggy coat; for others it means their families can’t afford to buy medicine or prescription diets. It may mean skipping a medical procedure such as a dental or even being spayed or neutered.
Right now bad things are happening to a whole lot of good people across the country. Out of desperation, at least some of you are contemplating giving up your pet(s). If you do, you may be losing out on more than you realize.
In fact, your pet might be the glue to hold it all together, particularly if there are kids in the family. With so many abrupt changes, and so much stress – it’s important that there’s one constant. At least there will be one family member who offers love day in and day out, no matter what. After all, your pets haven’t read if the market has gone up or done. If you re-locate, research shows taking the pets can actually help kids to adjust, serving as an icebreaker to make friends.
While medical experts agree some stress can be healthful, certainly the kind of off-the-scale stress incurred by many families these days is detrimental to our general well being. I have a colleague who recently had a baby, and sadly within a few months later both she and her husband lost their jobs. Soon thereafter, both were diagnosed with stress-associated disorders. Increasingly doctors suggest adopting a dog or a cat is good preventative medicine, understanding there are expenses, but believing the benefits outweigh the costs.
There’s no question, the data that pets are good for us is irrefutable, Simply being with your pet can provide positive health benefits - you can’t help it. Pets impact our brain chemistry in a good way. What’s more, pets can become a safe haven of retreat which allowing us to reduce negative chemicals that build up in our bodies from life’s stresses. People under chronic stress with continuous high levels of cortisol can become immunodeficient. Interacting with pets lowers those cortisol levels (sometimes referred to as the stress hormone), and increases healthful hormones (such as oxytocin and prolactin).
However, I most certainly understand that most people who give up their pets are inclined to want to keep them; they’re just worried about paying for them. So, here are some reasonable costing cutting ideas:
Here’s how to get free dog toys. ‘Coincidentally’ walk your dog by an outdoor tennis court just after play stops. Guaranteed, there will be lots of extra tennis balls for your pup to sniff out.