At Tahoe Chiropractic Clinic we believe in animal therapy; the research supports what many pet owners already know: that pets have a lasting impact on our health and well being. Depending on which chiropractor, or which day you visit our office, you're bound to find either Jameson or Angus at the door ready to great you.
If you have an allergy or fear of dogs and this is a problem for you, please inform our office before your visits and we'll ensure a dog-free experience!
Meet Jameson, Dr. Langan and Angi Langan's dog. Jameson is an Australian Cattle Dog, born in February of 2016. He loves to play tug of war, smell everyone's shoes and sleep by the door so he doesn't miss anything.
Meet Angus, Dr. Gray's rescue dog from Taiwan. Angus is the sweetest dog and greets everyone as if they're his favorite person. You can also find Angus next to the door, making sure no one goes by without smiling and saying "hi."
Curious what the research say about the benefits of pets? We all know that they make us feel good but how specifically? In a review study of 69 research article in 2012 by Beetz et al it was found that pets have the follow physiological and psychological benefits:
- Improvement of social attention, behavior, interpersonal interaction, and mood
- Reduction of stress-related parameters such as cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Reduction of self-reported fear and anxiety
- Improvement of mental and physical health, especially cardiovascular health
- Reduction of stress-related parameters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine
- Improvement of immune system functioning
- Improved pain management
- Increased trustworthiness of and trust toward other persons
- Reduced aggression
- Enhanced empathy
- Improved learning
They concluded, “while we believe that the activation of the OT [oxytocin] system is a core mechanism in explaining the majority of reported effects of HAI [human animal interaction], we are aware that it cannot explain all effects and that other mechanisms, physiologically as well as psychologically based, are involved. Frequently cited factors in research on HAI are e.g., the unconditional love and acceptance which animals provide to clients of animal-assisted interventions and their owners and the social catalyst effect.”