Have you heard that pet owners sometimes look like their pets? How about pets get similar diseases as their owners? I looked into this because my dog had a neurological attack last week that has left her blind in one eye with facial weakness on the same side. What else do pets have in common with their owners? Turns out diseases found in obese pets “are eerily similar to those reported for people,” according to the Association of Pet Obesity including diabetes and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, more than half of our pets are overweight likely because our pets follow our health, eating and exercise habits, so says Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D. People lean towards familiarity which could explain why we may choose a pet with similar features to ourselves. The most interesting fact I discovered while researching this subject is that most people have dogs with similar personalities such as neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness or intellect.
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Melissa Cook is the author of www.MSsymptoms.me. As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.