April 19


7 Ways Pets Are Better Than Pills

By Sue Ingebretson

April 19, 2011

cancer, cats, CFS, dogs, Lyme, pharmaceuticals, pills, prescriptions, RA


Have you ever had a bad day and come home ready to blow your top? Have you noticed how that frustration melts into a puddle as you gaze into your loyal pet’s golden brown eyes?

What better way to soothe aches/pains and symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme, lupus, cancer, etc.? Our pets have the amazing ability to melt pain with simple wags and purrs.

We know they can do it so does the how really matter? Maybe not. And, we don’t even need to know why! Let’s just stick with, “because they love us.” And, there’s no doubt that the feeling’s mutual!

For this reason, I’ve come up with a short list of Why Pets are Better than Prescriptive Pills. Although there are lots of reasons, I’ll start with just seven. Add yours to the list and we’ll see how many we can come up with!

Here are Seven Ways that our Pets are Better Than Pills! —-

1–There’s no side-effect label needed for the dangers of having a pet in your lap.

2–Giving a pet a bath is the quickest way to forget that stubborn ache in your knee (or toe, or whatever…).

3–The addiction to playing with or stroking your pet is not only healthy, it’s a good thing!

4–There’s no unsafe level or overdose danger for the time spent with your pet.

5–Even if the label is mis-typed – and it turns out your cockapoo is more of a doxiepoo – there are no lethal consequences from the mix-up.

6–An afternoon picking up dog poo at the park, beach, or lake, still trumps an afternoon in line at the pharmacy

7–Even though a dropped pill can bounce like mad on the kitchen floor, there’s no comparison to the entertainment value of a cat chasing a feather or a dog chasing a laser pointer. Hours of laughs — no prescription required!

That’s it for today — let me know what you think!

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  1. There’s no end to the entertainment of my kitty teasing one of my dogs. And there’s no end to the contentment and love I feel when one of the dogs snuggles with me.

    When my lupus was active the furkid I had at the time never left my side when I couldn’t get out of bed. She was there when no-one else was. The unconditional love of a furkid is like no other.

    1. I know we have so many of these similar stories — we should compile a book 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    2. I love the name “furkid”!! I had to read it a couple of times before I got it. I will, from now on, call my dogs my furkids! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I have to say that the love that my cat gives me is so calming. I love having him come snuggle up and I just rub on his super soft fur and that helps relax me. He also gives me lots of good laughs when he chases my hand under the blanket. He’s figured out that it is me, but he likes to play dumb.

  3. I totally agree, nothing changes your mood so fast when you see their wagging tail and their cute howls, to say they missed you allo day and let’s go for a walk. I love my walks with reba, and my cuddle time when i am mad or feeling sad, her beautiful brown eyes always, seem to understand my mood.. i love her dearly!!

  4. I couldn’t make it through the days without our two dogs. We have a Peek-a-Poo and a Miniature Poodle. Our Peek-a-Poo (Zoe) is my protector. She is 10 and has been my protector through the entire process, when I had my first surgery in ’03. She always stays right with me, even if my husband and daughter go bye-bye, she won’t go. She only goes where I go, and if I stay, she stays. It’s as if she sees my decline and is telling me that she’ll ALWAYS be with me, no matter what. The there’s our Mini-Poo (Sammy). He is so funny and always knows when I need a laugh. He’ll do something entertaining and it usually works. But sometimes the pain and depression gets so bad that nothing can make me laugh. If it gets to that point, he’s right there when the first teardrop starts. He’ll kiss away my tears, and if it’s really a major cry, he’ll try to put his little tongue up my nose and clean it out! Sounds gross, I know. But it’s so sweet when he does it. Who else would try to take the place of a tissue?! He can tell I’m about to cry when he hears my first whimper and no matter what he’s doing, he comes right to me. It’s amazing! I’ve always loved them dearly, and we almost didn’t get Sammy, but he’s turned out to be a Godsend. We really couldn’t afford him at the time, but it’s as if God knew how much he would help me. We’ve never had to do without due to them, even though they’re both “high maintenance”, needing haircuts (but they don’t shed!) and Sammy has allergies so he needs to go to the vet often. I spend every day home alone except for them. They are truly a part of the family-a VERY special part of the family! They get me through the days, good and bad. I love them like children!! I love them dearly and couldn’t have made it all this time without them!

  5. HI! It’s Uhura from Our Mom Spot.

    I LOVE this article and I am experiencing what you’re saying here myself. Our new puppy has had a very positive effect on our whole family.

    Excellent blog!

    1. What could be better than a new puppy or a new kitten! (Of course a new baby, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog topic….. 😉

  6. I love what the pups and kitties do for my husbands mood! My dear friend Sue taught me to distract hubby’s anxiety by telling puppy stories!

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