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How Hormones Affect the Way We Bond with Our Pets

  1. Katie Carroll

    You’ve probably heard of the hormone/neurotransmitter oxytocin. Its role in childbirth (where it often goes by the medicine’s trade name Pitocin) is well known, but researchers continue to uncover new details about how it effects social interactions, particularly with regards to the formation of interpersonal bonds.Most of these studies involve members of the same species. But now researchers are starting to look at how oxytocin plays a role in the bond that owners and their dogs have for each another. Read more about studies pertaining to this subject by clickinghere.

  2. Helene Johnson

    Researchers have shown that if your dog gazes into your eyes for long enough, your oxytocin level will increase. The neuropeptide oxytocin is commonly referred to as the “love hormone.” Other names include the “hug hormone” or the “cuddle hormone.” Your pets have a larger effect on your body and brain than you might think. They have the ability to increase levels of oxytocin in the brain, bringing you a state of calm. I have completed my academic research about the same topic with the help of online service. The study says the brain chemical oxytocin can slow heart rate and breathing, lower blood pressure and inhibit the production of stress hormones, which means we are calm and content. The spike of serotonin we get from petting dogs gives us our sense of wellbeing; and the neurochemical beta endorphin is a natural painkiller.

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