Recent studies have shown that pets can lower blood pressure, boost heart health, and reduce depression. Here are a few more ways pets can boost our health:

Allergy Helpers
We often think about pets causing allergies, but research has shown they may prevent allergies in certain cases. For example, one study found that infants exposed to dogs were less likely to have pet allergies or eczema.*

Exercise Buddies
Taking your dog out for walks or playing energetic interactive games with your cat can help both you and your pet lose weight and stay in shape. We’ve got more on exercising with your pet in this January blog post.

Helping Children
It hasn’t been formally researched, but some parents report that pets have helped their autistic children open up to new emotions and experiences. There are even programs set up to train pets for this purpose.

These are just a few more reasons to appreciate our pets and all of the good things they bring to our lives!

*Source: James E. Gern, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2004.


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