Benefits of Owning a Pet in Recovery

Pets can do a world of good for someone in recovery from a substance use disorder.

For animal lovers, after all, just being around a cat, dog, or whatever kind of pet a person may prefer, it’s obvious they make a blah day better.

While a critter may not be a cure for a dependence on drugs or alcohol, they can make a fine complement to the recovery process.
The human-animal bond has long been well established. Dogs alone have served alongside their masters for thousands of years, providing protection or keeping the fox out of the henhouse.
They’ve also long been recruited for a healing assist, primarily to raise the spirits of the sick. Even Dr. Sigmund Freud found animals could help with therapy: Just the presence of his do Jo-Fi calmed many of his patients.
Today pets tend to be more pal than helper, aside from service dogs and emotional support animals, but they do provide some great benefits like increasing happiness and slashing stress. People with mental disorders like anxiety, depression, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can also benefit from interactions with animals.

Paws for Help

Our four-legged friends can be a big help for those struggling with a substance use disorder. That is defined as an ongoing condition that continues despite harmful outcomes (like legal troubles, potential job loss or health problems). It also carries the risk of relapse, in part due to the change’s drugs (including alcohol) make on the brain.
Substance use disorders are also categorized as a mental illness.
An estimated 7.7 million adults suffer from co-occurring disorders, or when they have both a mental illness (or more than one) and substance use problem.
To get sober, professional medical help is key so a person can get through detox safely and as comfortably as possible.
Getting clean can be downright painful, with vomiting, shaking, diarrhea, pain, sweats, anxiety, cravings and more acting as roadblocks. It can take anywhere from a couple days to several weeks to get through withdrawal. There is a danger of relapse, too, which can be triggered by physical discomfort or emotional issues.
After the worst of the withdrawal is in the rearview mirror, there’s work to be done to maintain sobriety. Primarily that’s focusing on what’s at the root of the substance use problem.

In Dog We Trust

Managing co-occurring disorders like anxiety or depression, that’s where animals can be a big help in avoiding relapse. Some luxury treatment centers even allow people to bring their pets with them to rehab. But whether a person is in the analyst’s chair, at a recovery facility, or managing their sobriety via peer support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, animals can prove valuable in many ways:
     They reduce stress: Besides providing a happy distraction, the presence of an animal offers many benefits, including lowering blood pressure and elevating levels of our natural feel-good chemical’s serotonin and oxytocin. That also helps cut the cravings for drugs.
     They offer unconditional love: That’s a great way to build confidence, especially when dealing with issues like depression or anxiety.
     They hold the owner accountable by having an animal to care for, it shifts focus away from dwelling only about oneself. The result is better self-control.
All kinds of animals are used in animal-assisted therapies. Dogs are by far the most popular because of their temperaments and they’re easier to train, but cats, birds, hamsters, horses and more can all help a person work through their addiction issues, both while in rehab and long beyond.

Patrick is a writer for Sunshine Behavioral Health. Patrick writes about mental health and addiction recovery to help reduce the stigmas associated with them. When not working you can look for Patrick at your local basketball court.

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Love Dogs

It's not unusual for kids to have a hard time getting used to having a dog around, whether it's at home all the time, or when visiting family and friends who have a furry friend. No matter how lovable they are, dogs can be pretty scary for kids. But that doesn't mean that you have to stay away from them. You can teach your kids how to love dogs as much as the dogs will love them back!

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Teach them how to command

We know how to get a dog to behave as long as they've learned the basic commands, but kids don't know what to do. Show them how you use your voice and hand motions to tell the dog what you want it to do, and even have them practice using their strong voice. If they learn how to command in a way that a dog will listen to, they'll feel more control over the dog, and that will give them the confidence to enjoy playing with them.

Get the sniff approval

I don't know any dog that doesn't want to smell everyone they see. Teach your kids to introduce themselves to a new dog by holding out their hand, palm up at nose level so the pooch can get a whiff. Make sure to teach your kids to hold their hand still until the dog has passed judgment, either by licking their hand or turning away. This will reassure the dog that the kids are friendly, and can help the pup stay calm, which will help your kids stay calm too.

Exposure is big

Let the kids spend time with the pups, but aim for less aggressive dogs at first. It's best to start them out with friendly dogs who aren't overly excitable. It wouldn't be good to scare them off of dogs for good because an overly friendly dog jumps on them for kisses. Give them time with a mild-tempered, calm dog and they'll feel more comfortable around all kinds of dogs. If you're bringing a dog into your home for the first time, it's a good idea to adopt an older dog who has already grown out of his youthful puppy exuberance.

Consider their temperament

Smaller isn't always better when it comes to getting the kids to like dogs. Certain smaller breeds are actually more aggressive and that can make your kids feel threatened. For example, one little boy is terrified of dogs after being nipped by a chihuahua years ago. Some dogs are so territorial that they'll never be able to adjust to playing with kids, regardless of the breed, so always consider whether the pup is going to be a family loving pet, or a single fur-parent animal before you bring him home.

Tricks are for kids

It's a lot of fun for kids to see a dog that knows a few tricks. If you can, have someone show off their dogs best tricks. If you don't know anyone with a trained dog, you can also find videos online that show off some fancy dog tricks. If you're bringing a new dog into your home, you can ask your kids to help you teach the dog some tricks, which will give them a sense of ownership and responsibility toward the dog.
If you've tried everything and your kids still have trouble being around dogs, it might be something they just need time to grow out of. Don't force them to be around dogs if it really upsets them. Do find small ways to empower them to feel more confidence around dogs, even if you just have to start with looking at cute pictures and videos.

Lisa Mason is a content marketer and dog lover writing for Doggie Clothesline.  For a wide variety of dog accessories, pet supplies and more, visit Doggie Clothesline. You’re sure to find many things that will suit your needs and your dog’s personality.

5 Benefit of CBD for Pets that You Must Know!

Do you know that a small does of CBD can make you feel calm and relaxed. You may also start feeling the happiness!

Oh yeah, for those who do not know what CBD is, CBD means Cannabidiol is a compound which is found in cannabis.  The compound has healing and relaxing properties which works on species with an endocannabinioid system.

In the post below we will try to explain and mention about 5 benefits of CBD for your Pets which can make them feel relaxed and can heal injuries.

1. Pain Relief:

CBD is a popular medicine for pain relief. This is a doctors prescribed medication for instant pain relief, anxiety, depression and headaches. Additionally, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which reduces the pain caused by conditions such as arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Anticonvulsant:

Accordingly to a recent study, CBD can help control seizures caused by epilepsy. Which proves that cannabidiol is a naturally found Anticonvulsant. 

3. Anti-Inflammatory:

CBD is popular as anti-inflammatory. It reacts with CB2 receptors which are naturally present in our bodies to reduce inflammation.

4. Reduces Stress and Anxiety:

Like humans, pets also suffer from stress and anxiety. If your pet is having a bad time because of mental issues, then CBD treatment is exactly what your furry buddy needs.

Cannabidiol has both anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties because it increases serotonin levels.

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5. Antiemetic:

All animals don’t vomit.

But the most popular pets, including and cats, can become nauseated and vomit. Nausea and vomiting can lead to hypotension, dehydration, appetite and weight loss.

According to recent research, CBD is not only a good antiemetic but actually better than some modern antiemetic medicines.