I have spent a couple of sad days with my dog Moose. He was able to come to the barn with me, but spent most of his time right here.
He has certainly taken a turn for the worse in just 2 days. He is still here beside me but I don’t know for how long.
In order for this not to be a completely sad blog, I thought I’d tell/remind you not only how much love a pet brings you but also 5 ways how pets improve your health!
1. A Healthier Heart
Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. Why? Dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems.
2. Stress Soothers
Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.
3. Better Mood, More Meaning
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems. How can you see this and not get in a better mood?
4. Benefits for Baby’s Immune System
Babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma, some studies show. In addition, children with pets have higher levels of certain immune system chemicals and therefore have a stronger immune system. This will help keep them healthy as they get older. Look at this adorable, patient dog.
5. Asthma Prevention
It doesn’t seem to make sense. Pet allergies are one of the most common triggers of asthma. But researchers have studied the effects of having cats in the homes of infants at risk for asthma. What they found was that those children were significantly less likely to develop asthma as they got older.