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Pets and Human Health

Pets are great companions; they keep us happy and contribute a great deal towards our well-being. It has been known for a long time that people with pets live happier lives, but did you know your pet could also contribute towards your health as well?

Believe it or not, having a pet can improve your health. Pets can help lower stress levels, keep you active and keep your heart healthy, to name but a few. By now you’re probably confused, looking at your dog or cat and wondering, “Really, can Scruffy really help me stay healthy?”

Woman and Dog

You can live longer by simply adopting a pet.

Pets and stress
Research has shown that you can lower your stress levels simply by stroking your pet. Even enjoying the summer sun playing “fetch” with your dog or watching your fish swim around in their aquarium can reduce stress levels. Spending some one-on-one time with your canine companion or fury feline, in fact any 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.

Pets and exercise
If you’re not the type for physical activity, then you may be putting your health at risk. Having a pet can lower this risk by simply taking him or her for a stroll down to the neighborhood park or even down the street. 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 pooch while at the same time enjoying the great outdoors.

Pets and your heart
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. Another way to work towards a healthy heart is via physical activity — remember that taking your pet for a walk can contribute to this too, and walking him or her is a fun activity that is soothing, relaxing and above all enjoyable.

Go on, grab your pet and give them love!

Author: Dimi Ingle
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