May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits and joy pets bring into people's lives across the United States. Countless studies have shown the benefits of having an animal companion are many, and that's especially true for seniors.
We all know that techniques such as yoga and meditation can offer major health benefits by reducing stress. They're great. But did you know that the companionship of a dog can provide similar stress relief and other health benefits?
We've known it in our hearts for years, and scientific researchers are doing their part to put empirical evidence behind our gut feelings. But it's even more exciting than that. Science connecting pets, health and medicine in ways that are simply remarkable.
I doubt if there will be a new category of service dog trained to appear and bark when it's owner, the dieter, is sneaking a snack. But would surveillance, by dog, human or a video camera, like the kind that catch you if you run a red light, inhibit the covert eater?