Aquarium therapy

Recent studies have shown that as little as five minutes in front of an aquarium can significantly reduce stress. Doctors at the Neuro behavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic in San Antonio, maintain two tank areas for their therapy program, and have seen success in calming agitated patients. Allan Schwartz, Ph.D., says these pieces of living art help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and can help those suffering from insomnia.

Watching fish swim back and forth, enjoying the subtle swaying of the vegetation and the soothing sound of bubbling water is a great way to relax at home. Establishing and maintaining an aquarium does take some effort, but it’s also a great way to bring the family together for a fun project.

Research from Purdue University also found that spending time in front of an aquarium has curtailed disruptive behavior and improved eating habits of Alzheimer’s patients. The study also showed a decrease in the number of instances of wandering, pacing and physical aggression.

Bigger is better 

In the wild, hamsters have separate chambers in their burrows for sleeping, eating and eliminating waste, and they usually follow the same behavior in their cages. The Humane Society recommends giving your pet hamster plenty of room to spread out, burrow and nest. When selecting hamster housing, try to remember bigger is better.

Senior pets

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and dogs are considered seniors at the age of 7. Older pets are more likely to develop diseases like heart, kidney and liver disease, cancer, or arthritis. Look out for behavior changes in your pet. Decreased activity, worsening sight or hearing, and apparent senility or poor cognitive function can all be signs that something is wrong. Excess weight can also increase your pet’s chances of disease. Be sure to have your elderly pet examined by a veterinarian often to keep him happy and healthy.

Dog vision 

It’s a myth that dogs can only see in black and white. Dogs do, in fact, see in color, but not the way humans do. Animalleague.org states that veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people who have a red/green color blindness. This means they can see blues, violets, yellows and grays, but not reds, and few greens. To a dog, a bright orange ball on the grass appears as a light greenish ball on blue-green grass.