Good news, pet parents! Numerous studies have linked improved human health through pet ownership. Some direct benefits, as listed by the CDC, are as follows:
- Improved cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides
- Mental health benefits through decreased feelings of loneliness and increased opportunities of socialization with peers
- Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities – just potty breaks alone create this!
There are also some peer reviewed studies that indicate animal assisted therapy helps maintain mental stability in all ages.
So to all our pet parents out there….share the good news that we’ve known all along! References:
“The Health Benefits and Risks of Pet Ownership”, Harvard Medical School
Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets, Care.com