What’s this surprisingly pleasant way to garner such benefits? Simple: get yourself a pet. The National Institute of Health recently issued a number of studies on pet owners and health, that included these benefits:
Exercise & Weight Issues: Another study by the NIH found that dog owners get more exercise than people who don't own a pet, and are less likely to be obese. It makes sense: dogs need to be walked and taken outside. Not to mention, playing with them is an active thing.
Blood Pressure & Heart Rates: A third study by the NIH, done on married pet owners, found that the pet owners had lower average blood pressure and heart rates and dealt with stress better than those who did not.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & Autism: Children with ADHD and Autism seem to especially benefit from being exposed to pets. The ADHD patients benefit from having a routine simple responsibility to take care of. The Autistic patients found the presence of animals soothing (well, don't we all)?
Eczema & Allergies: Studies repeatedly found children living with pets from infancy are less likely to develop eczema & allergies.
Addictions: Many people struggling with addiction have found caring for a pet helps them develop a new, non-substance based routine, and to deal with the stress of life without their habits.
Of course, for many of you, I'm not telling you anything you don't know. Those of us with pets intuitively know how relaxing and reassuring it can be to have a pet around who always accepts you and only wants to love you. So you don’t have to worry about them “un-friending” you either!
Since the early days of civilization, dogs and cats have had a particularly symbiotic relationship with humanity. We, in all likelihood, didn't have to try to domesticate them. They followed us. Dogs first, as wolves started following human encampments and eating whatever scraps we left behind.
Cats came after we started farming and having large amounts of grain in storage, which attracted mice. The cats followed the mice, and have been living with us ever since. The dogs and cats got food and shelter, and we received loyal helpers. It's always been a good deal for both pets and people.
Which brings us to this point: if you have a pet you likely want to take care of it and make sure it has as long and healthy a life as possible, so you can continue being each other's best friends as long as possible.
Enter Willard's Water (WW for short). We can’t even begin to list the number of reports we’ve received over the years about the positive impact pet owners have told us they noted the WW had on their pet cat, or dog, or horse, or fish, or birds, or gerbils, or cattle, or chickens, or you-name-it.
We’ve received anecdotal reports from pet owners who saw improvements in their pets after giving them WW on everything from allergies, to skin problems, arthritis, old age, hot spots, injuries, and again you-name-it — but keep in mind these were NOT scientific studies, just peoples’ observations of improvements in their own pets.
It’s used for animals the same way as for people. Mix it up, and give it to them for their drinking water. You can also put it on or in their food, and use it topically on skin problems, wounds, etc. If the animal is sick we urge you to see a Vet, and if using WW, it’s usually given in the same mix as people drink it… 1 oz of concentrate to 1 gallon of water. (That works out to 1/2 Teaspoon concentrate to 8-oz of water if you want to mix it in smaller amounts.)
If your pet is healthy, and you just want to keep it that way, people often dilute the WW to as little as 1/3 of an ounce to a gallon, with tangible benefits still noted at that level… nicer and shinier coats, less sickness, etc. And, even at those reduced levels, many people say their dogs turn their noses up at “regular water” once they’ve had WW, often absolutely refusing to drink other water.