How can pets improve your health

If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise. – Unknown

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Josh Billings

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For any one who is a pet owner, it’s easy to understand the appeal of a pet, and there is no shortage of quotations about our endearing relationships with pets.  Pets are nonjudgmental, forgiving creatures that simply want to love and be loved. 

Take a look at this fascinating article that summarizes some of the research on the health benefits of pet ownership

A few of the key points mentioned in this article:

  • One study demonstrated that dog owners walk twice as much as those without dogs.  “Dog obligation” walkers walked 300 minutes/wk compared to 168 minutes/week for others
  • Elderly people are less stressed and need fewer health services if they have pets
  • People with pets do better after a “coronary crisis” [aka heart attack]
  • Levels of serotonin increase after petting animals
  • Pets have a place in the bedroom (20% of dogs snored in one particular study – mine do, too)

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too. – Samuel Butler

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