They’re More Than Just Pets

No matter what kind of day you’ve had, coming home to that furry, four-legged companion who couldn’t be happier to see you seems to just make everything better. Doesn’t it? These companions are potentially doing a lot more than just improving your mood at the end of a long day…

It’s been proven that owning a pet has multiple health benefits that you’d never think of. For example, studies show that dog owners tend to have healthier hearts, more active lives and slimmer waistlines. These same studies have proven people live longer lives after having a heart attack if they own a dog. Similarly, results of a 20-year long study revealed that non-cat owners were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack. Petting your dog or cat is known to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and relax the body. So when you’re stressed, show some extra attention to your furry companions! 

Keeping a pet around improves social skills, interactions and moods for adults and children alike. Anxiety and depression are less severe with an animal in the house. Additionally, babies growing up in households with pets tend to have less problems with allergies and stronger immune systems than those without pets.

It’s incredible how beneficial owning a pet can be to your health and wellness. For more information about how pets can improve a human’s health, please visit the websites that were utilized in creating this post: 

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/5-ways-pets-improve-your-health

http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health

http://animal.discovery.com/pets/benefits-of-pets.htm

**Pets are not an alternative to treatment recommended by your doctor.**

 

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