Pets bring us health and happiness

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.

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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!

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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.

Heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets, studies show.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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I can’t remember a time throughout my life that I didn’t have a pet.  Cats, dogs, horses, even bunnies.  All the above items are super important and I know there are even more I haven’t mentioned.  But to me,  the most important thing is the unwavering love, devotion, and companionship that they give you.
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Do you have a pet(s)?  What kind?
Do you think its a good idea to replace a pet right away?

One thought on “Pets bring us health and happiness

  1. Love the last photo of Moose. When to replace a pet, is such a personal decision, but after you feel you have mourned him and can smile when you look at a photo of him,,,you are ready.

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