Sunday, March 6, 2011

Oxytocin - The Love Hormone

Oxytocin is a mammalian hormone that plays a major part in female reproduction.  Often called the "Love hormone", it makes us feel all soft and fuzzy inside and the next thing you know, we've fallen in love!

In dogs, the hormone is released in the mother during birth and nursing. This hormone tells the mother that she is doing what she is suppose to be doing, nursing her puppies.

Oxytocin helps the Momma dog to feel relaxed and calm. 

 Oxytocin aids puppies in bonding with the mother and humans as well. 

 It plays a part in what makes us adults crumble into a pile over a litter of cute cuddly puppies. The "Awwwww" factor. 

I guess I should have posted this for ♥Valentines Day, but heck,  Love is great anytime, right?!

For more info on the hormone Oxytocin, please click here :Wikipedia


  1. Great post and awww... I do love the pictures! Those puppies are so darn cute! I want to hug 'em and squeeze 'em and call 'em all George!

  2. Oxytocin . . . hmmmm . . . I wonder if it would mix well with vodka? :)

  3. I sure didn't know about that but can understand it. I guess it is more than just instinct.

  4. Sharon....You are so funny. But since you mentioned it, the news anchor, Diane Sawyer, owned a Gordon Setter and he's name was George!

    R.O. ~ With a twist of lemon and an olive.... you might have something there!

    T, I agree.

    Abe, Yep, there are several things going on when a dog is bred and has a litter of puppies. All the miracle of life. (:

  5. Ah this sounds a powerful potion indeed me dear, perchance if we could bottle it the world would ours all ours I say... ahem anyway you've hit my vulnerably spot with those puppy pictures - so cute.
    (go on, just one bottle...)

  6. John, If you could find a way to bottle oxytocin, You COULD own the world! And all the puppies too! Good times! ha ha

  7. How interesting. I didn't know that about Oxytocin. I am happy to be your newest follower.

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