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Pets & your health

posted 8 May 2015, 03:53 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 08:57 ]
By JoAnn Bayus

“The general belief is that there are health benefits to owning pets, both in terms of psychological growth and development, as well as physical health benefits.” - Dr. James Griffin

People love their pets. And why wouldn’t they? Pets provide us with unconditional love, companionship and joy. But did you know that pets are also good for your emotional and physical health?

According to the Centre for Disease Control, pets can help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels and increase opportunities for exercise and socialization.

Pets are good for children’s health as well. According to research presented on WebMD, kids raised with pets tend to have a reduced risk of developing allergies. In addition, pets can help teach kids about responsibility in a fun way.

So, if you have a pet, be sure to take good care of him because he’s certainly taking care of you!

References:

Can Pets Help Keep You Healthy? Exploring the Human-Animal Bond, National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services, February 2009

Pets May Prevent Allergies in Kids: Early Exposure Found to Reduce Later Risk in Children, Sid Kirchheimer, WebMD, Health News

JoAnn Bayus
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