Melt Away Stress with your Cat or Dog

As a pet parent, you know how much love and joy pets bring into our homes, but did you know they can also improve your health?

Over the years, studies have found that pets can boost our health in measurable ways.+  Here are  a few more reasons to shower your pet with love around Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

Stress Relievers
Nothing melts away the stress of the day like a warm snuggle from your pet. But it may be more than psychological relief. Research has revealed that pets can help lower blood pressure and anxiety levels.

Heart Helpers
Pets can have positive effects on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

Mental Boosters
Our furry pals may also combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients, and pets reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.


Read more about the health benefits of pets when it comes to allergies, fitness, and autism at our blog.


+Sources: K. Arhant-Sudhir, R. Arhant-Sudhir, K. Sudhir, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 2011; C. Westgarth, BMC Veterinary Research, 2007; M. Orlandi, Anticancer Research, 2007; S. Lupien, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2010

 

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