Are Pet Owners Healthier?

Are Pet Owners Healthier?

The unconditional love of a pet can do wonders for emotional and physical health. Studies show pet owners are less likely to experience depression, are better able to cope with stress and may experience blood-pressure-lowering benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that Fido or Fluffy can:

+Relieve stress. Playing with a puppy or cuddling a cat can help you unwind after a long day or comfort you if you’re sad or lonely.

+Help your heart. In a comparison study examining the heart rate and blood pressure of pet owners and their non-pet counterparts, people with pets had lower heart rates and blood pressure levels. The pet owners also had less increase in their heart rate and blood pressure when exposed to stress, and their blood pressure dropped faster following a stressful event.

+Protect your heart after a heart attack. Scientists discovered that dog owners were more likely to be alive one year following a heart attack than those who didn’t own dogs.

+Help keep you fit. Walking the dog is good exercise for you, too.

Is a Pet Paw-fect for you?

*Time involved. Cats, dogs, and other animals need food, water, exercise and and companionship daily. Consider your work and travel schedules to see if you can accomodate a pet.

*Financial support. Food, licensing, toys, grooming and verterinary care are all costs to keep in mind. And remember that pets can live for 10 to 15 years or more.

*Living space. A large dog might not be happy in a tiny house. You’ll need adequate space to accomodate your pet’s size and activity level. Some apartments or townhomes may have restrictions on size and number of pets. If you rent, keep in mind your next home may have more strict guidelines on pet ownership than does your current residence.

*Physical conditions/abilities. Pet allergies or other physical limitations might interfere with your ability to take care of a pet.

Happy Tails to You

Once you get a pet, visit a veterinarin as soon as possible for a complete check-up. This will ensure that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations and heartworm prevention. Then, enjoy getting to know your new pet. You can help keep each other happy and healthy.

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