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Health Benefits of Pets

Pets are great companions; they keep us happy and contribute a great deal towards our well-being. Getting a new best friend can also have many stress relieving and health benefits. Why do people have pets?

There are many reasons. Some of the health benefits of pets are listed below:

Pets Can Improve Your Mood:  Research has shown that you can lower your stress levels simply by stroking your pet. Spending some time with your pet, will more than likely produce a calming effect that slows down your heart rate and keeps your blood pressure under wraps therefore lowering stress levels. For those who love animals, it’s virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when you have next to you a  loving puppy or a cat.

Pets Control Blood Pressure:  Most of the people who have dogs or cats were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets.

Pets contribute to a healthy heart because of their gift to allow us to relax and for a little while, freeing our mind from stressful situations or thoughts.

Pets Encourage You To Exercise:  Taking your dog for a walk is not always considered “exercise” and many find it to be a relaxing way to spend time with your pet while at the same time enjoying the great outdoors. Because exercise is good for stress management and overall health, owning a dog can be credited with increasing these benefits.

Pets Can Help With Social Support: Pets can increase your opportunities for socialization . When we’re out walking, having a dog with us can make us more approachable and give people a reason to stop and talk, thereby increasing the number of people we meet, giving us an opportunity to increase our network of friends.