Having a pet brings joy to one’s life and it can also make our lives longer! The American Heart Association reports that some studies, mostly focused on dog owners, show pets have many health benefits, from lowering stress to keeping you active.

Having a pet brings joy to one’s life and it can also make our lives longer! The American Heart Association reports that some studies, mostly focused on dog owners, show pets have many health benefits, from lowering stress to keeping you active.

  • Petting a dog or cat can reduce blood pressure response to stress by 50% in people taking medication for hypertension
  • Spending time with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine
  • 54% of dog owners are more likely to meet recommended levels of weekly physical activity – always get in your daily dog walks!
  • In a 20-year study, people who never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had
  • Overall, pet owners are less likely to die of any cardiac disease, including heart failure

 

Many would agree that pets are not only are good for your heart, but they’re sure to bring a smile to your face! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many pet owners include their furry friend in the celebration of those they love. Spoil your pet with a day at the park, a new toy or even a special treat that’s pet friendly. Remember – chocolate and other sweet treats are forbidden, but check out your local pet store or make your own perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Wishing you and your pets a Happy Valentine’s Day!