Pets or No Pets

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Do you have a dog, cat or other pet? If so, you are not alone, millions of Americans have one. This could be beneficial to our health. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): “Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.”

Some of the health benefits of having a pet include:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased triglyceride levels
  • Decreased feeling of loneliness
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Increased opportunities for socialization

Before adopting a pet, however, make sure to take your time and pick the right pet for you and your family. For example, consider how much exercise the pet will need, cost to feed and veterinary care. To learn more about keeping both pets and yourself healthy, visit the Healthy Pets Healthy People website.