One of the best ways to decrease stress and blood pressure and elevate feel-good hormones is with the help of a dog or a cat. Pets can be better than pills when it comes to people’s emotional and physical health, says Carlyn Montes De Oca, author of Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse: An Animal Lover’s Guide to a Healthy, Happy & Extraordinary Life (April 2017).
She stresses the following:
- The benefits of having a dog for just six months were lower blood pressure, less stress, and a decreased risk of death.
- Having a dog in the home during their first year of life can help boost the immunity of kids to help prevent asthma and allergies.
- Dog doctors and cat nurses teach people to stay present, be playful and live positively.
Montes De Oca’s book tour will take her to Barnes & Noble Loma Theater in San Diego on May 20; Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara, on May 25 and Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Ore., on June 2. She will donate 50 percent of book sales at those events to Rocket Dog Rescue, Lionel’s Legacy, Santa Barbara Humane Society and the Southern Oregon Animal Rights Society. When not on tour, she donates 10 percent of book sales to animal rights organizations.
Praise for Dog as My Doctor
“If you love animals you will love this book. If you don’t live with an animal, you will want to adopt one so you too can live a healthier, happier, and more extraordinary life.”—Maria Jacquemetton, Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer of Mad Men
“Loved it! Everything that Carlyn shares in her book is the truth about the benefit of pets and your health.”—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Animals & Miracles and A Book of Miracles