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Physiological effects of human/companion animal bonding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6563527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate were recorded in 24 subjects during 3 9-minute measurement sessions in which they petted an unknown dog, petted a dog with whom a companion bond had been established, or read quietly. Based on the findings of this study, several conclusions were drawn: (1) There is a significant difference in changes over time in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure between petting a dog with whom a companion bond has been established and petting a dog with whom no bond exists; (2) the decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure that occur during petting a dog with whom a companion bond has been established parallel the relaxation effect of quiet reading; and (3) there is a " greeting response" to the entry of a dog with whom a companion bond has been established, which results in significantly higher systolic and diastolic pressures than the response either to an unknown dog or to reading.
M M Baun; N Bergstrom; N F Langston; L Thoma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing research     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0029-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Res     Publication Date:    1984 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-06-25     Completed Date:  1984-06-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376404     Medline TA:  Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Bonding, Human-Pet*
Heart Rate*
Middle Aged
Nursing Homes
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