Puppy Love Can Improve Health

Puppy Love Can Improve Health
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If you\'re the owner of a dog, cat, fish, or any other kind of pet, you\'ve probably shared many wonderful experiences. But did you know that pets can actually help improve your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, you can reap the following benefits from these special members of your household:

If you're the owner of a dog, cat, fish, or any other kind of pet, you've probably shared many wonderful experiences. But did you know that pets can actually help improve your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, you can reap the following benefits from these special members of your household:

  • Decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved health problems and depression
  • Increased opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities, and socialization

Thinking About Getting a Pet?

If you don't currently have a pet, don't rush out to buy one today. Remember, many of these companions will be part of your family for up to 20 years or longer. Before you buy a pet, consider these tips:

  • Calculate the time commitment and expense of routine care and supplies.
  • Find ways to get involved with animals as a sort of "trial run." Walk your neighbor's dog or cuddle a friend's cat, and then talk to the owners about their experiences. It may be eye-opening!
  • Remember, even if you decide pet ownership isn't for you, spending just a few minutes with an animal a couple of times a week can be beneficial. With that in mind, think about volunteering at an animal shelter or taking pets to hospitals or nursing homes.

Whether you own one or simply spend time with one, a pet can make life happier — and even a little healthier!

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