Pets or Humans: Love always finds a way to show
28 Apr 2014
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Love is probably one of the only feelings in the world that has a need to be reciprocated. It is like a coming to a full circle. This is not restricted to humans only, now you can be sure that when you play with your dog the same feelings are reciprocated. How you may ask? Recent study has shown that dogs also have the ability to produce and release oxytocin, after a game of play with human beings or just other animals.
Surprised? Don’t be recent researches have shown that animals also release this magical love hormone. So, next time when you take time from your hard pressed day for your pet remember that the same happiness and love is being appreciated and in his or own way being reciprocated to you as well.
Don’t Google the word oxytocin yet. There will be a lot of you who know this by other names such as the love or trust hormone. This is released in humans time and again, whenever the excitement level is high. This can be with friends, pets or family members as well. This happens generally when the body goes into relief or happiness.
They were blood tests done on pets before and after their interactions with other pets and human companions. It was then revealed that that the oxytocin level was recorded high in pets post these interactions. It is something that our human body is well equipped to deal with. This is the same hormone that is released to bond with friends and between couples.
I have always believed strongly that the love we have for our dogs is reciprocated to us in the ways of licks, greetings coming home after a long day or just the way they laze around with us.
The release of oxytocin is more in situations when there are positive interactions such as falling in love or just being with your children. In fact this important hormone is released during labour as well that triggers the production of breast milk and assists in breastfeeding as well as helping mothers and children.
This startling research has been conducted by Paul Zak who has been conducting regular experiments to measure the level of oxytocin in the pet’s body when he or she interacts with either humans or other domesticated animals.
The experiment was conducted in Arkansas, USA, the researchers obtained blood samples from a domesticated mixed breed terrier and a goat that regularly spent time and played with each other. This involved chasing each other and at times even fighting with each other. The experiment was conducted in an enclosed pen and the blood was taken from the dog both before and after the interaction.
The results took everyone by surprise. There was a noteworthy increase in the level of oxytocin after they were together with each other. It was observed that there was a 48% increase in the level of this hormone in dogs.Though, the research has a catch, it seemed that only the domesticated animals appeared to show an increase in the level of the oxytocin response.
In another experiment, there were 100 human participants and blood samples were obtained from each of them based on their physiological state.After this there were sent into private rooms along with cats and dogs and were asked to play for 15 minutes and then more blood was taken from them to measure the level of oxycotin. The response differed from one individual to the other and to the fact that whether they had dogs prior to this experiment or not.
If you are one of those who thought that every person could melt his or her heart with those big puppy eyes then think again. There were some people who even after holding a puppy did not give a response. Guess there is no effect on some people for those coy eyes. Professor Zak started the research after he has to put down his own dog, Teddy.
So, next time you are too hard pressed for time to enjoy a game of fetch with your pet just remember that this certainly make him happy. In fact we can give you positive test results for the same.