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Dr.’s Office for Pets: Are you on the fence about adopting a pet?

Gina Kang, DVM, MS
Special to the Sun

We all know that Truckee-Tahoe is one of the best places to live for both people and their pets.

If you are on the fence about adopting a pet, here are some reasons why you may want to make the leap.

Positive effects of human-animal interactions: More current research supports that having pets can help reduce stress and improve mood. New grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been funding studies examining the human-animal interaction. One study reported that human-animal interactions have been shown to improve cardiovascular health, as well as help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

Pets and childhood development: Other studies are currently examining the effects of pets on childhood development, both physically and socially. One area of research involves the effects of pets on allergies in children. A few studies have found that having pets in the first year of development can reduce a child's risk of having pet allergies later in life. Therapists are also using pets for speech therapies and therapies for troubled youth.

Adopting senior pets: If you are thinking about adopting a pet, but are worried that you may not have time to care for one, consider taking in a middle aged to older pet. Older pets may take less time because they are often already house broken and/or trained. Unlike puppies and kittens, older pets may also have fewer activity requirements, which may be better for an owner with a busy work schedule. Many times pets are surrendered due to changes in housing and/or financial constraints. Providing for an older pet for his or her last few years can bring some endless entertainment.

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Gina Kang, DVM, MS, lives in Truckee and works at the Doctor's Office for Pets on 10939A Industrial Way, No. 101, Truckee. She sees all pets including cats, dogs, reptiles, birds and small mammals. Visit doctorsofficeforpets.com or call 530-587-5144.