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9 Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

September 22, 20149 min
National Dog Week is September 22-28, how will you be celebrating your furry friend?If you have a dog or cat, you may already know the wonderful perks of having a furry companion. The happy greeting as soon as you come home from work, the endless kisses and cuddles, the comfort of a snuggle can make you appreciate each day.Whether you're a cat or dog (or maybe small rodent or reptile) person, there are numerous health benefits to owning a pet. Your pet brings many other health benefits besides the unconditional and loyal love. Studies have shown that a pet lowers blood pressure, reduce your stress and anxiety, boosts your immunity, and boosts your mood. Ready to add a four-legged baby to your family yet?What are some health benefits associated with pet ownership?Pet allergies are the most common allergies and can often trigger asthma. However, studies have found that animals, specifically cats in your home can help develop immunity to asthma and other allergies in children.Also, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Physical Activity, dog owners walk an average of four walks a week, which can amount to 160 minutes of physical activity.9 Health Benefits of Pet Ownership:

Natural Mood Enhancers
Helps your blood pressure stay in check
Lowers your cholesterol
Boosts heart health
Helps develop immunity to asthma
Helps fight depression
Helps you stay active
Pets help children and young teens overcome limitations
Helps build immunity to allergies

What are some of the other health benefits of pet ownership?Dr. Jeff Werber joins Melanie Cole, MS to share the nine health benefits of pet ownership and why pets can boost your health and happiness.

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