Hug your dog on National Cuddle Up Day!

These days, there seems to be a holiday for everything, but “National Cuddle Up Day” is not one to be skipped.  Each year, on January 6th, we recognize the great benefit of snuggling someone or something that you love.  Pet owners agree – we always look for an excuse to snuggle our fur baby, and National Cuddle Up Day gives us a good reason.

Guess what?  There is great scientific evidence to show that cuddling will prolong and improve your life.  Snuggling slows your heartrate, and helps your body release oxytocin, a potent hormone.  Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone”, oxytocin is responsible for complex social behaviors in mammals.  Some benefits include lowering blood pressure, lowering cortisol levels, and increasing your tolerance for pain.   Stroking, hugging, and snuggling with a person or pet sends oxytocin levels soaring, and instantaneously will reduce anxiety and promote positive social interaction.

The positive benefits of therapy dogs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and schools has been tied to these physiologic changes, resulting in the current popularity of pet therapy for the reduction of stress and improvement of quality of life and well-being.  The best part?  The benefits your pet derives from cuddling are just as potent.  Oxytocin is helpful to your pet’s well-being as well, so it is a “win-win” for everyone!

It is great to know that slobbery dog kisses and hugs are working to make us healthier – so join us this year on January 6th and Cuddle Up!

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