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Benefits of Pet Ownership to Humans

  • Studies show that animals help keep us physically and emotionally healthy, help us heal and provide life-enhancing and life-saving assistance.
  • Caring for a pet can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Additionally, heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without pets.
  • Pets reduce stress which is known to be a major contributing factor in many ailments. Having a pet can also improve the immune system. Children that have pets early in life tend to have fewer allergies.
  • Pet owners increase their physical activity simply by walking their dogs. This also contributes to the psychological benefits of providing companionship, opportunities to socialize and be outdoors.
  • Kids who own a pet enjoy better health, since the presence of a pet is proven to reduce blood pressure, keep heart rates normal and reduce other anxiety symptoms.
  • Dog owners walk more and longer than non-dog owners. This increase has a beneficial effect on the cost of both human and canine health care.
  • A recent review of 69 studies found evidence that human-animal interactions could lift mood and reduce stress and anxiety, perhaps by activating the hormone oxytocin.
  • Pets have positive effects on our health. Studies show children who grow up with pets from their first year are less likely to have allergies.
  • Pets are a great way to beat the blues. They offer unconditional love, may give owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial for those feeling down in the dumps. Pets also combat feelings of loneliness by providing companionship.
  • Pets can warn us of potential health risks before we notice symptoms. Dogs can be trained to detect drops in blood pressure and blood sugar, sniff out certain types of cancer and provide support for people during seizures.
  • For people who have already experienced a heart attack, research indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be related to reducing overall stress levels.
  • Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.
  • Assistance Dogs can be from a variety of breeds including, but not limited to: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, as well as shelter dogs.
  • Owning a cat has health benefits. Spending time with a cat can boost your mood and reduce stress. The simple act of petting a cat can be beneficial to one’s health – both for the action itself and from the purrs that result.