• Tricia Scheer

Have a Pet? Live happier and longer!


Pets are a great way to beat the blues. Not only are they known to offer unconditional love, but they may also give their 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, which can boost your overall mood and even bring you feelings of joy and happiness.

Many pet owners would agree that a pet can fill your heart with love. So maybe it's only fitting that the presence of a pet can help improve the overall health of that organ, too. I have to agree since I'm a pet owner! However, there is also scientific proof!! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels -- all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets' tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners' overall stress levels.

Fun Ways to Stay Fit with your four legged friend:

If you're a dog owner who needs more of a workout than walking can provide, here are a few ideas:

  • Jogging or running

  • Biking

  • Hiking

So, if you have a furry one waiting at home, you're a lucky dog!


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