Our levels of Oxytocin are increased with becoming a pet owner. Oxytocin is the feel good bonding chemical that releases stress and make us better humans. Mothers have it for their children. We have elevated levels as pet owners.
In an experiment, Paul Zak, a scientist who loves pets decided to find out if pets experienced this as well. In his findings he concluded pets also have elevated levels of Oxytocin after contact with other animals, during playtime.
- Of course everyone has unconditional love for their pets – that’s why humans have been keeping them for thousands of years.
- And, while it’s often been thought or felt that animals love their owners back, on an objective basis people have generally thought that sentiment to be factually inaccurate.
- However, new research shows that, based on the brain chemistry of pets, that love might in fact be biologically reciprocal after all.
“Shortly thereafter, a second blood sample revealed the mixed terrier breed had a 48 percent increase in oxytocin; this means he probably considers this goat to be a friend. Interestingly, the goat — with a 210 percent increase uptick in oxytocin — might have felt something stronger. That’s basically comparable to levels that humans experience when they’re in love.”