According to anthropologists, humans have enjoyed having pets since the beginning of recorded history. Today, there is mounting scientific evidence that our pets give us more than their devotion-they also contribute to our emotional and physical health. Research shows that pets can reduce our risk of heart disease, lower our blood pressure and, if we are married, they might help make our union a happier one. Recent studies are also revealing that pets can raise a child’s IQ scores, cognitive and social skills, as well as help that child develop compassion and positive self-esteem.
Responsible pet owners do whatever they can to meet the requirements of their animals, so it is natural for people who enjoy Young Living essential oils to share the wonderful health benefits of the oils with their pets. Pet owners must remember, however, that what works for humans may not transfer directly to their pets. Some people have found that their cats are too sensitive for several of the essential oils. Pet owners should also take their animals’ much keener sense of smell into account. Dogs especially can be overwhelmed by strong scents. To be safe, you may start your pet with oils that have been diluted with Young Living’s V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex.
Turning to Young Living essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products rather than synthetic drugs and chemicals for animal care benefits our pets, ourselves, and our environment. Natural pet care respects the earth and all living things.
Loving Our Pets
An international survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association (MHA) reveals some interesting facts about pet owners.
Of the survey respondents:
When asked, “Who listens to you best?” 45 percent chose their pet, while only 30 percent chose their spouse or significant other.
82 percent think of their pet more than once while they are away from him or her during the day.
If they were deserted on an island and could choose only one companion, 50 percent would pick a dog or cat rather than a human.
93 percent are likely to risk their own life for their pet and 64 percent of owners would expect their pet to come to their rescue if they were in distress.
55 percent have an emergency preparedness plan that includes their pet in case of natural disasters such as fire, flood, or earthquake.
94 percent think their pet has human-like personality traits, such as being emotional or sensitive, outgoing, inquisitive, or stubborn.
94 percent take their pet for regular veterinary checkups to ensure their pet’s quality of life.
Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043
Chronological List of Popular Pets
Dogs – 12,000 BC: The first domesticated animal is also the most popular animal today. The dog has been called “man’s best friend” for many centuries.
Horses – 5000 BC: Pre –agricultural nomadic people discovered that their strength and intelligence made them good pack animals. Most wild horses today are actually descendants of tame horses that escaped or were set free by their owners.
Cats – 3000 BC: In ancient Egypt, the first appearance of the domesticated cat was in the New Kingdom period. At some point they became objects of worship, like the cat goddess Bastet. When cats died, their Egyptian owners went into mourning and mummified thir pets just as they did their other family members.
Fish – 2000 to 3000 BC: Acient Sumerians kept fish in ponds more than 4,500 years ago. As early as 1000 BC, the Chinese are known to have raised carp for food. Goldfish breeding was widespread during the Sung dynasty (from the 10th to the 13th century). The Chinese also prized goldfish as symbols of wealth.
Ferrets – 450 BC: The first mention of ferrets in written text is by Aristotle in the 4th century BC, but since he speaks of animals already domesticated, it’s likely they had already been around for hundreds of years.