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There are a few things in my life that I am very passionate about. Very high on that list are my 3 dogs. I am a fervent animal lover! My 3 dogs are part of my family.
Pets can really make us feel better as we live with a chronic illness. Animals seem to know how to warm our hearts and make living with MS a little easier. My smallest long haired chihuahua, Peanut, is a lap dog. She distracts me from the daily pain that I feel, the burning in my legs and the extreme shooting pains down my neck and shoulders. My pets relax me and help me cope with the feelings of loneliness when I'm stuck in the house, and they get me outside for a bit of sunshine and exercise.
He are some of the top reasons why I highly recommend 4-legged companionship if you can swing it:
1. Living with a pet can help ease feelings of isolation. Having a buddy by your side can make such a big difference in minimizing the feelings of loneliness.
2. Pets can help fight off feelings of depression. An animal's love is so unconditional. You are the center of their world.
3. Having pets makes us feel good. They’re cute and they’re sweet and they’re funny and they’re snuggly. All good stuff that makes us concentrate a little less on our MS.
4. Pets get us outside, even sometimes allowing us to meet others along the way, stopping for conversations, watching dogs do the funny things they do. It’s a great social outlet. Plus, there’s the added benefit of soaking in some of the sun's vitamin D.
5. Pets calm us, and have even been shown to lower our blood pressure. This is huge because stress is often the culprit that causes MS symptoms to flare up.
6. Pets help us improve our physical fitness. Walking your dog helps keep us moving.
Our animals can really enhance our lives, and they help us a lot during difficult times when MS can be painful. My dogs seem to know when I need that extra cuddling on those days when I need to hang out in bed battling fatigue. These pet moments make MS matter less and make life with MS a little bit easier. If you don't already have a pet, you really should give it a try. I wouldn't trade my 3 dogs' unconditional love for anything.
By the way, my teeny tiny mighty MS mascot, Peanut, has her own Facebook page. Check it out next time you feel like seeing cute pics while getting some new MS information: