Benefits of owning a pet
Not only do pets provide unconditional love, they provide you with health benefits too. They can ease stress, lower blood pressure, and even decrease your risk of heart attack. Whether you own a dog, cat, fish, or rabbit, these little companions provide positive benefits for your health.
Ease stress: According to a 2002 study conducted at State University of New York at Buffalo, researchers found that when people are performing a stressful task, they experience less stress when their pet is with them.
Lower blood pressure: "If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower," says Marty Becker, DVM, veterinary consultant for Good Morning America and author of the upcoming book Your Dog: The Owner's Manual. "A lot of it goes back to reducing stress: You might lose your job, your house, your 401(k)—but you'll never lose the unconditional love of your pet."
Eases Pain: A study conducted by Loyola University found that people who use pet therapy while recovering from surgery may need significantly less pain medication than those who do not.
Improves your mood: If you own a pet, you know the feeling that you get when you get home from a long day of work and your pet is there to greet you with excitement and love. This is why pets are used in various forms of therapy.
Helps people socialize: Walking your dog is a great way to meet someone. More times than not, your dog will run up to another dog to greet them. This leads to a social interaction with the other dog’s owner. This increases your opportunity to socialize.
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