Studies show that owning a pet often leads to increased cardiovascular health (lower blood pressure; lower triglycerides; and, in men, lower cholesterol).
Let’s get active!
Dogs especially help us get out and enjoy the outdoors while getting some regular exercise. They are great motivators and personal trainers, never wanting to miss a training session no matter the weather.
No more sniffles
Children who have pets are less likely to take days off school due to illness. Research also shows that growing up with a dog (and other pets to a lesser extent) during infancy may help to strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of allergies.
A study of school children showed that pet owners are more empathetic towards others.
Pets = happiness
Those who have pets including children or adolescents have been shown to have higher self-esteem. Teenagers who own pets have a more positive outlook on life and report less loneliness, restlessness, despair and boredom. Pet owners report less depression and appear to cope with grief, stress and loss better than non-pet owners.
“Let me show you a picture of my dog...”
Pets enhance social connectedness and social skills and are great conversation starters!
Four legged doctors
Pets are also great caregivers. They keep us company when we’re sick or feeling down. They can make us feel safe while we’re home alone and they keep an eye on the house while we’re out. If you're looking for a special someone to give you a happy and healthier life, see who we currently have available here.