If you feel you and your dog have a special connection, it’s likely to be a scientific fact. Research reveals that a hormone called oxytocin plays a significant role with your biochemistry. Oxytocin, a powerful hormone, goes by a number of nicknames, including the “hug hormone,” the “cuddle hormone,” and the “love chemical.” When we hug or kiss, oxytocin levels increase. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, plays a huge role in pair bonding and is a natural painkiller that can lower stress levels and blood pressure.
Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian states, “Isn’t it incredible that for many of us, our relationship with our dog is so profound it affects our biochemistry? And it does the same for our dogs. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Understanding the mechanisms of the relationship between humans and dogs, and their implications for both species, will keep researchers occupied well into the future. In the meantime, if you need a little boost, or if your dog seems to—try engaging him in a long, loving gaze. If he’s the shy type, give him your undivided, loving attention for a half hour. You’ll both feel healthier and happier for it!”
Get Your Pet In The Next Issue Of Going Organic
We’re crazy about our pets. They give us emotional support, help keep us active, offer companionship and give us lots of love. If you’d like to share how your pet keeps you healthy or how you keep your pet healthy, Going Organic wants to hear from you! Send the following information to MyPet@GoingOrganicMagazine.com: Your contact info: (name, phone, email address), your pet’s name, age, breed, and a photo of your pet, and share your story of pet health and happiness.
Meet Chico. His owner says, “He likes to be out and about, keeps me active and is fun company. He has the cutest idiosyncrasies like refusing his supper unless it’s placed on the coffee table where he can stand on his hind legs to eat.”
—Ruth Dupree – Palm Springs